Falcon Heights mayor up for Met Council seat


Angelica Klebsch

Peter Lindstrom

Marie McCarthy

Falcon Heights Mayor Peter Lindstrom is up for a spot on the Metropolitan Council.

The three-term mayor is one of three finalists for the Met Council District 10 seat, which is made up of northwestern Ramsey County and parts of Anoka County. Its cities include Arden Hills, Falcon Heights, Lauderdale, Mounds View, New Brighton, Roseville and Shoreview, along with Blaine and Circle Pines, among others. 

Some 200 people applied to represent the 16 council districts, and a nominating committee turned over a list of 79 finalists to Gov. Tim Walz, who will appoint council members by March 4.

If appointed to a two-year term on the council, Lindstrom would vacate the mayor’s seat with 10 months to go on his term.

The mayor said through his years in city government he’s worked closely with the Met Council and understands its importance.

“The more I’ve worked with it the more I understand it’s a critical body for success in our region,” he said, pointing out it’s responsible for Metro Transit and many environmental services, and plays a role in guiding development, parks and more.

“The decisions that are made around that [Met Council] table have long-lasting impacts for all of us in our region,” said Lindstrom, noting the agency’s $1.1 billion budget for 2019.

He said he has much to offer the body. He’s been through two council-mandated comprehensive planning processes with the city, and can offer insights into equity and inclusion gleaned from his experience as mayor in the aftermath of the police killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights in 2016.

City leaders and residents took a hard look at the community’s values following Castile’s death, and convened a task force to make recommendations on how the city can be more inclusive.

Lindstrom said he expects Walz will beat his March 4 deadline in making the final council appointments, saying he’s grateful for the opportunity and sees it as a “win-win.” He said he’d look at serving on the council as a new challenge, or he’d be happy to remain as mayor of “the great City of Falcon Heights.” 

If he’s not appointed to the Met Council, Lindstrom said he has yet to make up his mind if he’ll run for a fourth term as mayor this fall.

 

Other finalists

The Met Council’s 16 districts cover the seven-county Twin Cities metro area. 

Current District 10 council member Marie McCarthy, a Blaine resident, is also a finalist for the position. Per her Met Council bio, McCarthy is a legislative assistant in the Minnesota Senate with a background in community organizing and experience working with city government, advocacy groups and the public.

The other District 10 finalist is Angelica Klebsch, a former chair of the Mounds View Planning Commission and policy director for Citizens League, a nonpartisan organization that promotes democracy and governance for the common good.

 

–Mike Munzenrider can be reached at mmunzenrider@lillienews.com or 651-748-7813. 

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