Please go to the vote pages! Not scientific, yet interesting.
Thank You to those who have offered monetary contributions. I have not and will not accept them. I'm doing this to help everyone SAVE money. How can I ask you to give me money so I can save you money? This Just does not seem right to me.
Thanks for Your Understanding.
What I've been saying for a long time:
"Red Wing Deserves Better!"
Our taxes and cost of services have doubled over the past twenty years. My wages have gone up, slightly. Putting the kids through college has been more than taxing. And health care cost, we have no idea where that is going. Then every election cycle we are promised that it will be fixed. Why would anyone believe that the entities that broke it can fix it? This is why I'm involved, if not to help change the way government works, but to see for myself what is going wrong.
A Brief History:
Born in Bremerhaven Germany, 1959 to a military family. My Father, a survivor of the Bataan Death March, was a Chief Yeoman in the US Navy. My Mother a German citizen. As a teen, she too endured the brutal hardships of WWII.
This was a recipe for an interesting upbringing to say the least. I learned about prejudice, perspective and endurance from people who could explain it best. Their legacy lives on and their story begs retelling again and again.
Primarily raised in Iowa and have lived in New York, Rhode Island, Maine, Arizona, Missouri and in Minnesota for 18 years. I have resided in Red Wing since May of 1999.
Go ahead, bring on the Iowa jokes, I have heard them all...
I try to be a better person every day and I say to you today.
I will work hard to earn your trust and equally hard to earn your vote.
Why Am I Running?
I see the need for a different approach. Money being spent on image rather than substance. What do you see as you cross over the river into Red Wing? I see a dog eared entry. Once West of downtown, shabby at best. To think, that stretch of road isn't two years old. I love the new street lamps through down town, but why the multiple flag posts? Money well spent? How many flags do we need? How often are we going to rotate them? Labor and storage. Future cost bordering on sunk cost. Finally, enough with the roundabouts already!
Do you get the feeling that the Council (or Administration and staff) have already made up their mind before it makes the Agenda? I do. This screams TRANSPARENCY NOW!
Favor expenditures for essential needs in Red Wing. Safety and reliable infrastructure.
We need to become a City that leads in State and Federal reforms. The idea of asking for our tax money back so we can improve our City's infrastructure infuriates me. To add to the insult, the State will imply guidelines as to how the money is spent. This only leads to "new projects" while our existing structures suffer.
Transparency in our government. I would like to see a comprehensive plan open and readily visible. Budgets and expenditures itemized in understandable language.
Accountability in government. We have a very well paid administration overseeing a struggling community with many problems and empty store fronts.
I am the Maintenance Lead at Gemini, Inc. located in Cannon Falls, MN. We have plants throughout the country, in Canada and in Mexico as well. I get my hands dirty on a daily basis, sometimes I'm knee deep in it. My forte is electronic troubleshooting. This is why I say, "A working class candidate for the working class people."
I firmly believe the foundation my parents set created a focused,
hard working and proud technical service provider. Decoded, I love
fixing broken things and meeting people's needs.
Yes, I wear overalls while working. Some may laugh, but you must admit they are practical. I can carry 16 tools, cell phone, notebook and a dangerously sharp carbon transfer device.
Assume nothing, prepare for anything.
The time for talking is done. The problems exist due to
poor leadership. Raising taxes is the answer? Please, it's time to
apply common sense to all the issues. Let's work together and make Red
Wing more attractive than ever.
If you like my ideas I ask for your support. Please talk to your friends and neighbors about the possibilities I offer. Direct them to this web site as well. If you would be so kind as to sport my sign in your yard, just send me an email or give me a call!
My name is Ernie Stone and I ask for your Vote!
I paid for and built this site. These are my opinions. I take full
responsibility for the content and stand by it.
(not quite sure what I was thinking when I choose those photos)