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Ohs announces re-election bid for council

Julie Ohs announced her bid last week for a third term on Woodbury City Council.

Ohs, a 20-year resident of Woodbury, was elected in 2005 and re-elected in 2010 to serve four-year terms on the five-member council.

The majority of her terms were accompanied by tough economic times that slowed down growth in the city, but a dismal economy didn’t slow down the planning process that she said she’s enjoyed as a city leader.

Now that growth is picking back up again, with housing and commercial development, she said she’s ready to see those projects come to life.

“Now that planning is finally coming to fruition, I want to see those projects through with the Urban Village and Bielenberg Gardens and Phase 2,” Ohs said.

Her eight years on the council weren’t always free of challenges, either.

Ohs said one of the biggest obstacles is how difficult it can be to keep personal views separate from just doing what’s right for the greater good of the city.

She was faced with such a challenge recently when Woodbury officials were set to approve a liquor license for discount retailer Total Wine and More and heard concerns against the business as well as recommendations to let it open in the city.

“It’s not about liking people and knowing people,” Ohs said. “It’s about following the ordinances and the laws and doing what has to be done.”

Ohs has been a longtime resident of Woodbury and raised her two daughters in the city.

She enjoys spending the majority of her time in Woodbury and says the city offers plenty of good schools, parks and trails.

Ohs has been a member of the Yellow Ribbon Network and the South Washington County Telecommunications Commission serving as a liaison. She also rotates with other council members to serve on other committees.

Ohs will join incumbents Christopher Burns and Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens on the November ballot.

So far, no challengers have announced their candidacy. The filing period begins July 29 and closes Aug. 12.

Riham Feshir
Riham Feshir is a reporter and photographer for the Woodbury Bulletin. Her coverage includes Woodbury City Hall, Washington County Board of Commissioners and business news.  Follow Riham on Twitter @RihamFeshir for the latest updates.