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Council candidate profile: Jennifer Santini

Before permitting further residential development, Woodbury officials should seek input from existing residents about how the city should grow, City Council candidate Jennifer Santini said.

Santini said she is not opposed to growth in the city, including the long-term planned development of land south of Bailey Road, but she wants to make sure "it's in proportion with how big (citizens) truly want Woodbury to grow."

"And," she added, "that it is done in a way that fosters a bit more of a community."

Santini said she moved to Minnesota from the East Coast last year, and she and her fiancé decided to settle in Woodbury. She said serving on the City Council would be a good way for her to be involved in the community.

"I just figured, hey, jump right in,'" she said.

The co-owner of a small law firm, Santini said her legal and business background would be an asset to the council.

Santini said she would like to see future commercial growth that is focused on small, locally owned businesses. She said the city should "figure out ways to make it more attractive for those businesses" to locate in Woodbury.

Santini said she likes Woodbury's emphasis on providing walking paths and trails. She said she understands the importance of athletics in the community, but wants to city to be confident that it knows what residents want before it moves forward with an expansion of Bielenberg Sports Center. That is an issue that will be before the City Council in coming years.

At the same time, however, Santini said she would first look to "enterprise" funds such as Bielenberg Sports Center if the City Council made spending reductions. Those are "luxury items" when the economic times are tough, she said.

Jennifer Santini

Age: 29

Occupation: Co-owner of Sykora & Santini law firm. Handles business law and estate planning.

Family: Engaged

Woodbury resident: Since May 2009

Civic involvement: Volunteer for Wills for Heroes, which provides estate planning for emergency responders