My Name is Katrina Pulham and I wanted to take a minute to tell you a little bit about me and who I am.
I was born here locally and raised in Kasson, MN. My family first came to this area in the 1800's when my great great grandfather migrated from Norway to a small community just outside Rochester (Rock Dell, MN) . My ancestors were all farmers here in Southeast Minnesota and my grandparents still live on our families multi-generational farm just outside of town. My families hard working values are the core reason for my successes and I hope to bring the same hard working values to our city council.
My decision to run for City Council did not come easily, but today is a time like no other, we need change and strong leaders to help guide us into a better tomorrow. The pandemic has affected everyone in our community and as we look at rebuilding and recovering , we need the voices of our small businesses and our residents to be heard. I want to help create and develop innovative ideas that will not only help us today, but help leave our children with a better Rochester.
As a small business owner here in Rochester, I have been witnessing so many decisions in the last few months that are hurting our small business community more than trying to help them and it left me feeling without a voice. The city is spending Federal CARES funds that were supposed to help our community survive covid shutdowns on their own website updates, equipment, sculptures & bike racks, planting trees and other agendas and the funds are not getting to those who need them the most and are still today forced to only operate at 50% or less capacity and pay all their same bills.
We are paying people to clean sidewalks in front of empty buildings, spending funds to paint utility boxes, continuing construction projects, creating programs that only support select businesses and not all within our community and then raising taxes and fees on the businesses that are trying to survive. We need to STOP and start listening to the people downtown and throughout Rochester, because they are struggling and they will not survive with out our help and our support.
We are a strong, resilient community and we have shown that time and time again, but what we are facing right now has never happened. As we look ahead, we need someone to start holding people accountable for their spending and actions, common sense thinking, a business background, a willingness to listen to our communities needs and ideas and a strong desire to succeed.
I promise to use common sense in decision making, ask the hard questions and make sure that we are spending appropriately and not outside our cities means. I hope I can earn your trust and your support!
Today it is so important that someone who understands business, budgeting and the effects of decisions on the people and small business community have a voice on city council. I hope to help make common sense decisions and ask the important questions.
"We believe that you represent our Carpenter values of job fairness, family sustaining wages and benefits; security and dignity in work and retirement; education and training, promoting safe workplaces; recognizing and supporting infrastructure needs; and more. " NCRCC
We are looking for people who are willing to volunteer their time to help with door hangers, signs and reaching out to neighbors. Please let us know if you would like to help or would like a yard sign!
Today it is so important that those that protect and serve us know that we trust and support them. I have full trust in chief Franklin's vision and direction with RPS and hope that we can continue to grow trust between our citizens and our local officers.
Together we grow. Together we keep our city safe.