North St. Paul council member selected for League of Minnesota Cities Board of Directors


Candy Petersen

The state’s largest membership organization for local government welcomed a new member to its board. 

North St. Paul City Council member Candy Petersen said she is the first from the city to be on the  League of Minnesota Cities Board of Directors.

Operating since 1913, the board meets every month to review budgets and policies for more than 800 Minnesota cities, municipal districts and townships. 

It’s a volunteer job — something Petersen is no stranger to. She serves as a Lion, a board member for the Ramsey County League of Local Government, and vice president of MN Women in City Government.

Petersen said she might focus on veterans and homelessness during her three-year term but notes she isn’t walking in with a specific personal agenda. 

“I want to leave it a better organization after I put in my three years,” she said. “I have a lot to learn, but a lot to give.”

The League board is made up of elected and appointed city officials with a mission to promote excellence in local government. Petersen applied in May and attended her first board meeting on June 26, soon followed by 12 hours of orientation. She said she applied five years ago but was not chosen.

“It’s a big deal for North St. Paul,” she said. “They don’t usually look over to this part of the area.”

Dave Unmacht, the League’s executive director, said getting on the board requires several steps. A person must express interest and be recommended by a committee. The League then votes on each candidate before they’re approved.

“The credit really goes out to Candy for her interest and her desire to be on our board,” Unmacht said.

He said the League tries to have a balance of board members across geographies, city sizes, genders and race, with a mix of elected and appointed members.

The League’s next meeting is on Aug. 15 at Rice Street and University Avenue near the Minnesota State Capitol.

 

–Amy Felegy can be reached at afelegy@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815.

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