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Letter: Running for council to help move city through ‘pivotal time’

My name is Steve Dennis and I am running for a seat on the Cottage Grove City Council in November. I have been proud to call this city my home for 25 years. My wife, Kathy, and I have been married for over 28 years, raised our two children here, and have been homeowners since 1989. We have also invested in the community by opening a business, Dennis Brothers Liquor, in 2003.

My background includes 27 years of management experience with an emphasis on sales, business building, and employee training and recruiting. I also have 12 years of dedicated experience in law enforcement and security services. As a business owner I’ve used all of these experiences to help build a successful enterprise while continuing to learn and grow professionally.

I’m running for City Council because I feel we are entering a pivotal time in the growth of our city. It’s clear to me that Cottage Grove is a city moving in the right direction thanks to the hard work and effort of many council members and city staff. I want to help in those efforts by sharing my knowledge and skills to best serve the needs of this community.

My first priority would be to advocate for growing our local business community as a means for widening our city’s tax base in order to reduce the burden on homeowners. That will include a strong focus on small business growth that contributes a much greater percentage of dollars spent back into the local economy.

In addition, I will work closely with council colleagues and staff toward increasing the number of family-oriented amenities that go beyond our already strong parks and trail system, athletic association and high-quality school district. It’s my goal and objective to become part of a council that delivers a much-needed community center project to our residents with an emphasis on youth programming.

I am committed to being both engaged and engaging as a public servant. Keeping my finger on the pulse of the community is very important to me and truly essential to being an effective servant leader.