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Warren Wessel files for city council
The following was written by the candidate and submitted to the Review.
I am running for a position on the Maplewood City Council. I have been married to my wife Linda since 1983. We have a daughter Katie, who lives in St. Paul and works at the Maplewood Mall and is attending Century College. I also have three adult step-daughters and four grandchildren.
We have lived in Maplewood since 1996. I have been a realtor with Coldwell Banker Burnet since September of 1988. In 2012, I was the No. 8 listing agent in the entire company of approximately 1,700 agents and No. 1 in my office. I also earned a place in the prestigious International President's Premier group whose members are in the top 1 percent of the agents worldwide.
Prior to my real estate career, I taught secondary math and coached for six years, my last five at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood. I also taught at Metcalf Junior High in Burnsville. Over my teaching career, I coached football, basketball, tennis, track, and was in charge of the ski club.
I graduated from Minnesota State Mankato (formerly Mankato State University) with a bachelor's of science in math teaching. I minored in physical education and earned a coaching certificate.
This is my first time seeking elected public office. I currently serve on the Maplewood Housing and Economic Development Commission. Prior to our move to Maplewood, we lived in Oakdale, where I served on the Parks Commission.
We attended Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Maplewood from 1985 to 2002, where I served on the Business Committee, and was an elder, deacon, usher and taught Sunday School. My daughter attended school at Gethsemane Lutheran preschool through 8th grade at which time I was elected to the school board there.
Currently, we attend King of Kings Lutheran Church in Woodbury where I sing in two choirs, serve communion, read scripture, greet and serve on the Evangelism Committee (a committee where I just completed five years as chair). During my time as chair, our committee was responsible for such programs as packing over 600,000 meals from 2008-2012 for the Feed My Starving Children program. I was also instrumental in starting the "Lights in the Park" program that raises money for charity every year from Thanksgiving until New Year's Eve.
I have been involved in raising money for and have contributed to the American Cancer Society, March of Dimes, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Ovarian Cancer Awareness, Feed My Starving Children, Union Gospel Mission, Second Harvest Heartland, St. Paul Parks Conservancy, Under Construction, Habitat for Humanity, Nehemiah Project and Loaves & Fishes.
As a realtor, I have been a member of the St. Paul Area Association of Realtors Government Affairs Committee since 2009. Our committee looks into issues and legislation that affect housing and property rights. Every election cycle we invite all the local candidates in the area to interviews to decide if we want to endorse and/or contribute to the campaigns of any of the candidates. During this time, I have been a part of the interviewing process of those seeking positions on the City of Maplewood including mayor and city council.
I have decided to run for city council to serve the people of Maplewood. As a realtor, I have a fiduciary responsibility to my clients, meaning I have to work in their best interest. I can bring that kind of dedication to the Maplewood City Council. I believe the city council is responsible for doing the "will of the people" and making sure each individual citizen's rights are protected and the taxpayers' money is spent wisely and prudently.