2018 FRNNG Board Elections

Last Updated April 7th, 2018. 

The neighborhood relies on volunteers to operate and every year we host the annual neighborhood meeting to elect new members to the board of directors and plan for the year ahead. This year, the meeting will take place on Thursday, April 26, at McRae Park from 6:30 until 8 p.m. Refreshments will follow the meeting. This is also an opportunity to meet with city council members, city staff, and representatives from the Minneapolis Police Department.

We are looking to fill several important positions on the board. Currently, we expect to have open seats for president, vice president, business committee chair, parks committee chair , communications committee and South Northrop Rep. Up for re-election will be housing committee chair Nate Lansing, education committee Chair Terry Mazig, community & safety chair Marty Koessel, and North Northrop rep Kate Nyquist. If you or someone you know is interested in running for any of these positions, the deadline to appear on the ballot is April 5th. Please send your questions or ballot information to frnng@frnng.org or call the office at (612) 721-5424.

If any volunteer would like to appear on the ballot but misses the April 5th deadline,  attendees of the annual meeting may nominate any neighbor “from the floor” for write-in consideration.

President 

Candidate(s): Chris Schommer – Running for a first term

Chris Schommer: “I have been involved with FRNNG since 2011 when I signed up for Field Neighborhood Representative. In 2014 I became Communications Chair and currently manage each publication of Close to Home. Since becoming chair have also been responsible for: re-designing Close to Home, creating our current webpage, re-designing the FRN logo, and setting up our @frnng.org email address. I believe good communication is at the heart of building our community and the more stories and voices we can share the better. I want to bring what I have learned in the past seven years as a neighborhood representative and committee chair to help navigate FRNNG through the upcoming 2020 Neighborhood Reorganization plan and work to bring all voices together in our community. 

Willie Bridges will be stepping down after four years as FRNNG president. Willie has spent many hours getting the organization’s financial books in shape, running our meetings, and working with the public on a variety of issues over the years. The president is the public face of the neighborhood and meets with representatives from the city and county about issues that affect the neighborhood. The duties of the president also include presiding over all FRNNG meetings and directing many aspects of the organization.

1st Vice President 

Candidate(s): David Fronsoe –  Running for a first term

David Fronsoe: “As a newly appointed associate neighborhood representative for the Regina neighborhood, I have counted it a privilege and enjoyed my experience in becoming acquainted with the many facets of the FRNNG. In the brief time that I have been involved on the Board, reviewing the by-laws, attending the Community and Safety Committee meetings and now participating in the city’s Engagement Learning Labs designed to broaden our ability to reach all segments of our population, I am developing a better sense of the diverse needs of our community. Though I am still getting my feet wet, I do feel I could better serve in this First Vice President position. As the city undertakes evaluating and revamping how neighborhood organizations will play a part in its future, I hope to be a part of ensuring that FRNNG will continue to be a viable organization that will not only have the support of the city, but also serve as a model.”

Matt Steele will be stepping down after two years as vice president. Prior to his current role, Matt was the North Northrop rep. As vice president, Matt has done a lot of work as chair of the finance committee and is a constant advocate for the neighborhood. In addition, the vice president runs meetings in the president’s absence and takes over in the event the president is unable to continue their position.

Business Committee Chair

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Patricia Jones will be stepping down after two years on the board. Patricia has done a lot of organizing in the past two years and has been central to better social media engagement and community involvement. The business committee chair acts as the focal point for our neighborhood’s active business community. In addition, the business chair is responsible for managing the Great Streets Program which is a grant program run by the City of Minneapolis to improve business facades.

Parks Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): Amanda Robbins-Butcher – Running for a first term

Amanda Robbins-Butcher: “I have lived in the neighborhood for almost 5 years and spend hours at the local parks with my family (husband and 4 year old son) and neighbors. I love the parks in our neighborhood and all over Minneapolis. I look forward to the opportunity to share conversations with my neighbors and continue to keep our parks great and make them even better.”

Maria Gilleece will be stepping down after two years as parks chair. The parks chair works with the McRae Park director to coordinate neighborhood involvement. The parks chair also assists with the annual neighborhood celebration that is held every year at McRae Park. Maria has written a wonderful piece on page 4 about the parks committee and volunteering.  

Communications Chair

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

The Communications Chair manages the publication of Close to Home, and helps organize various areas of the neighborhood’s communications including our webpage, social media, and branding.

South Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): No candidates have announced 

Lindsey Feiner will be stepping down after one year as South Northrop Rep and three years as Greening Committee co-chair before that. Lindsey is responsible for the colorful utility box wraps and is hosting the Northrop neighborhood meeting in April. 

There are four Neighborhood Representatives. The South Northrop Rep covers the area from Chicago to Cedar ave, and from 46th Street to the Parkway. Neighborhood Representatives bring local issues to the board.

 

The following positions have candidates that are running for re-election

Education Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Terry Mazig – running for a second term

Housing and Development Committee Chair  

Candidate(s): Nate Lansing – running for a third term

Nate Lansing: “Nate has served as the Housing committee chair/co-chair since 2014. In that time, the Housing Committee has revamped the neighborhood low-interest home improvement loan and has subsidized the cost of the Home Energy Audit program for residents of FRNNG. The Housing Committee also continues to explore ways to support affordable housing in the neighborhood and city as a whole. Nate is a local real estate agent who lives in the Northrop neighborhood with his wife and 2 kids.”

The Housing and Development Committee is concerned with helping neighbors to maintain safe and sound homes in the neighborhood though improvement loans and other strategies.

Community & Safety Committee Chair 

Candidate(s): Marty Koessel – running for a second term

North Northrop Representative 

Candidate(s): Kate Nyquist – running for a third term

 

 

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