Top 10: Morris, Santini elected to City Council
Editor's note: This story is part of a series looking back at some of the biggest stories of 2018. Find the rest of the series here: Top Ten 2018.
In a packed nine-person race, Steve Morris and Jennifer Santini won the two open Woodbury City Council seats Nov. 6.
With terms beginning Jan. 1, they fill positions vacated by Christopher Burns and Julie Ohs. Burns and Ohs announced their departures earlier this year.
Both Morris and Santini attributed their wins in part to experience and name recognition they gained from involvement with city commissions. Morris is a member of the Planning Commission, and Santini chairs the 2040 Comprehensive Plan Task Force and is on the Economic Development Commission.
During the campaign, Morris said the city's main responsibility at the moment is taking care of its infrastructure.
"It's not sexy or exciting, but it's what the city's basic obligation is to its community," he said.
Morris oversees retail operations strategies at Speedway (formerly SuperAmerica). He is a member of the Metropolitan Council's Community and Business Advisory Committee, which is overseeing development of the Gold Line.
Santini, an attorney at Sykora & Santini PLLC, said during the campaign that growth is biggest issue facing the city.
"As the city grows, the strain on our environment, natural resources and infrastructure will continue to compound," she said. "Additionally — our growth, coupled with the changes of our current residents, requires us to anticipate and better serve what those changing demographics demand."
Morris and Santini will join the two sitting council members, Andrea Date and Amy Scoggins, and Mayor-elect Anne Burt at the beginning of next year.