KRISTY JANIGO

I am your neighbor who answers the call to service, leads, and works hard for you.

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A community of people who care

Kristy has developed a vibrant, strong family of supporters through years of service to her community.

My Objectives

I am running for Maple Grove City Council to bring a fresh perspective.

The needs of our rapidly growing community continue to become more diverse. Our leadership also needs to adapt by inviting residents to the table to understand and then meet those needs. Great things are possible at the local government level with partnership and innovation!

Maple Grove is a wonderful place to live, with a vibrant business community and a neighborly, hometown spirit. By 2040, the city will be mostly developed. Over the next few years, we will have a unique chance to continue to grow as a city in a way that will help our citizens thrive economically, professionally, and personally, while balancing natural resource protection. We can also take meaningful steps to ensure our community is accessible, safe, healthy, and inclusive for everyone. Four key issues I will advance are natural resources and sustainability; diversity, equity and inclusion; housing and residential development; and public safety. Natural Resources and Sustainability

Natural Resources and Sustainability

One of our biggest strengths is our amazing natural resources, with many acres of open space, park land, lake shores, and miles of wooded trails within the city . The City of Maple Grove has led on environmental sustainability initiatives in the past, and I support continuing and expanding the work.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

It’s important for all our residents to feel welcome in our city. We now know more about our residents, thanks to the 2020 US Census data, which gives us insight into how Maple Grove’s population has changed. Our total population has risen above 70,000, an increase of more than 11,000 residents, or 14%, since 2010. The percentage of non-white residents has increased to almost 23%, compared to about 15% in 2010. We should celebrate and honor the uniqueness of our neighbors!

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Housing and Residential Development

Maple Grove has expanded its residential capacity dramatically over the past 10 years, adding around 5,000 units of housing . During this period, there was a shift away from owner-occupied affordable housing toward market-rate and high-end rental units. It is easy to see the visual impact of the multistory apartment complexes that have been added throughout the city. Recently, the City of Maple Grove commissioned a housing study , finding a lack of affordable housing, especially for seniors. Residents 65 and older account for 13% of the population. Age-Friendly Maple Grove is advocating for more affordable senior housing near transportation hubs, the hospital, and retail centers, and some of these plans are underway.

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Public Safety and Community Outreach

We need to give our law enforcement the tools to guard the public, build trust and collaboration with the community, and return safely home each day. As someone with prior military service and immediate family in law enforcement, I understand the importance of ongoing training. MGPD trains at the North Metro Regional Public Safety Training Facility located in Maple Grove, which will soon receive a state-of-the-art upgrade to accommodate de-escalation and scenario-based training, enabled with virtual reality technology and role playing. This facility is an important asset not only to us, but also to several other agencies.

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Endorsements

Vote Vets (National Endorsement)

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292

North Central Regional Council of Carpenters

Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council

Pipefitters Local 539

Kevin Anderson, Hennepin County Commissioner

Kristin Bahner, State Representative, Maple Grove and Osseo (DFL)

Michael Parry, Former State Senator (GOP) and Julie Wood

Betty Folliard, Founder and president emeritus of ERA Minnesota

Danielle and Mark Joseph Family, Maple Grove Residents

Linda and David Hoden, Maple Grove Residents

Miamon Queeglay, Maple Grove Resident

Diane and Tony Sjolander Family, Maple Grove Residents

Tommy Thompson Family, Maple Grove Residents & Military Service Member (Tommy)

Mame Samba Fall, Maple Grove Resident Founder of Senegalese American Chamber of Commerce, African Cultural Week, and Multicultural Kids Network


LiUNA! Minnesota & North Dakota


DFL Veterans Caucus


Run For Something (National Endorsement)


Barry Dyar, Maple Grove Resident, Ret. Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Army


Wayne Pauluk, Maple Grove Resident


Christine Wittman, Maple Grove Resident


Tommy Johnson, U.S. Army Veteran & Veteran Advocate


Erin and Adam Carney, Maple Grove Residents


Kathy Yakal and George Campbell, Maple Grove Residents


Kari Weske and Andrew Hodges, Maple Grove Residents


Megan and Ian Bearce, Maple Grove Residents


Barb Tonn, Maple Grove Resident


Brenda Reishus, Maple Grove Resident & Retired Firefighter


Juliana Hulstrom, Osseo City Council Member


Blayee and Kuna Taye, Maple Grove Residents & Owner of Creative By Design LLC


Nicole and David Craig Family, Maple Grove Residents


Mark Ritchie, former Minnesota Secretary of State


Lorrie Link and Gary Link, Maple Grove Residents & Ret. Founder/CEO at Maple Grove Arts Center (Lorrie); Ret. New Hope Police Chief (Gary)


Taya Brodin-Hanson, 9-11 Dispatcher & Founder / President of Maple Grove Giving Connection; and Sgt. Aric Hanson, Maple Grove Residents


Tammy Fleming, Maple Grove Resident & Founder of Maple Grove Citizens for Sustainability (MGC4S)


Jayne and Peter Gjervold, Maple Grove Residents


Jill Budzynski, Maple Grove grandparent and former professional services company CEO


Jeanne and Don Wickens, Maple Grove Residents; Army Veteran, 101st Airborne Division (Don)


Deb and Kyle McMahon, Maple Grove Residents


Roxanne Smith, former Social Justice Director at St. Joseph the Worker and Housing for All


Kelsey Dawson Walton, Maple Grove Resident & Osseo School Board Chair


International Union of Operating Engineers Local 49


Cheryl and Mike Dorsey, Maple Grove Residents


Pauline Wahl, Maple Grove Resident


AFSCME Council 5


Patty and Mike Molden, Maple Grove Residents


Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation


Dean Phillips, U.S. Representative, MN-03 (DFL)


Women Winning


Minnesota REALTORS® Political Action Committee