Even though in year’s past I have interviewed candidates for Burnsville City Council, due to a variety of reasons including having to spend entirely too much time conducting the interviews and having a new baby, I haven’t done so this year. However, SunThisweek conducted some short interviews for the candidates including those running for mayor. While the questions themselves weren’t at all interesting in the least, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz’s answer to the final question, “4. Assess the work of the current mayor and council. What is your leadership style?” was hilarious.
From the article:
I am very proud of the work of the Mayor and council. I am a collaborative, caring, fiscally responsible leader focused on good decisions for Burnsville. I make business decisions rather than ideological decisions. Shifting paradigms in this global economy require the use of our experience, networks and relationships to attract business to Burnsville so that our citizens will have available jobs and live self-sustaining lives in a well-run, safe and beautiful city.
– Historically, Mayor Elizabeth Kautz only collaborates with those who agree with her. Because her opinions have prevailed due to having a guaranteed vote in deadbeat Dan Gustafson and a nearly rock solid supporter with swing vote Mary Sherry, she hasn’t had to show her true colors when she is challenged.
– This is a completely irrelevant quality for a city-level politician but her fake smiles and penchant for scratching the back of her campaign supporters shows who she really cares about.
3. Fiscal Responsibility
She has voted to raise taxes EACH AND EVERY YEAR since she was last elected mostly to help pay off the debt she happily accumulated by shoving through the BPAC and make sure the city doesn’t demoralize the staff while they demoralize their residents she cares for so very deeply.
Elizabeth Kautz has proven over the last four years that she is not any of the three things she chose to claim she was. She has ALWAYS voted to raise taxes and increase spending on frivolous items including the BPAC and the HOC instead of funding public safety properly. She spent a good bit of her time in the last four years collaborating with other mayors as the President of the US Conference of Mayors instead of collaborating with the people she should have been.
While I have no faith in any of her opponents in 2012, Elizabeth Kautz is not a viable candidate for the Mayor of Burnsville. She has proven time and time again over her entire tenure that she is not willing to be the leader the city really requires to do the right thing. She needs to be removed from office in 2012 but based on the resumes and interview question responses, it’s quite unlikely it will happen in 2012. Hopefully her age will play a role in ending the pain by 2016.
What do you think about Elizabeth Kautz’s answers to SunThisweek‘s questions? Do you agree that she’s caring, fiscally conservative and works collaboratively with those on the council and in the city? Are you concerned about the qualifications and answers to the questions provided by her challengers? What qualities would you expect the Mayor of Burnsville to have? What’s most important to you as a citizen of Burnsville or resident of Dakota County? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.