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Margaret Behrens is Campaigning for Mayor of Maplewood

Margaret is announcing her candidacy for Mayor in Maplewood, MN.

With over 57 years in Maplewood and three terms elected to the Minnesota State office of the Ramsey Conservation District along with two terms as President of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments. 

Margaret served for 12 years on the board of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments. 

Margaret has extensive experience serving her community in a variety of leadership roles. 

Here are a few examples.

Margaret has served as an appointed member to the Ramsey County Children's Services Citizens Review panel where she served as chair for two terms. 

Margaret has also served as an appointed member to the White Bear Lake Level Resolution Committee where she served two terms. Margaret served as an appointed member to the Ramsey County Low Income Committee working on issues affecting the low to middle class of our county. 

The past, present and future of urban life is something that Margaret has studied extensively and is very committed to making a priority as part of her public service. 

Margaret is pressing priorities such as social and suburban planning issues like public health, transportation, zoning, gentrification, cost of living, crime, and congestion.

Margaret Behrens sees the escalating crime and failing economy and the destruction of our business district as motivations to campaign for office.

According to Margaret "escalating crime in Maplewood is a top priority." 

She adds, the deteriorating business district and our economic outlook and growth must be aggressively addressed.

Margaret has also spoken out on the firing of our part time firefighters that has created burdens for surrounding departments having to respond for calls for service in our city. That has also left our city under protected an under prepared for emergencies.

More information about Margaret and her campaign can be found on her

website, https://margaretbehrensformaplewoodmayor.com this site includes biographical

information about Margaret and a calendar of upcoming events, as

well as her position on many of the important issues affecting Maplewood.

Emergency Service cuts put our city at risk.

COVID-19 Pandemic- If we have 2 fire stations and the crews are exposed to COVID-19 they must be in quarantine for 14 days out of service. 

Where will that leave our taxpayers.? At risk. 

We will be dependent on outside agencies to respond to their emergency calls for service and then ours. 

This city council has made very bad decisions and needs to be replaces with strong, experienced leadership who ill work in the be interest of our taxpayers.

Our community must be the priority.

Our city needs all of the fire stations that we have had for years along with all of the part time firefighters that we were very fortunate to have keeping our city safe and protected. 

COVID-19 Pandemic and other emergency issue preparedness-

Another aspect of social distancing is shopping local. It helps to protect our community and grows our economy while taking the exposure and burden away from surrounding communities. 

We must get our city back on track. 

We must utilize our taxpayer dollars effectively and effectively and to the most benefit to our community. 

We must organize and establish our emergency services to the level that reflects the demands of our city's continually changing demographics.

We have a large and growing city with a aging population that requires appropriate service response levels to ensure a safe and protected city.

It is time that our taxpayers/ citizens become the priority. We must work to get our city into the shape we all deserve and that we are paying for. 

Together we can make a difference.

Meet Margaret Sletten Behrens

Margaret Sletten Behrens has lived, worked and raised her family in Maplewood for the past 56 years.  Margaret has four generations of her family currently living in Maplewood. 

Margaret is married to her husband of 37 years James who is a 3M retiree and a Vietnam Veteran who served the United States in the Air Force.  

Margaret & James are blessed with four children, two daughters and two sons and four grandchildren.

Margaret and James have been lifelong members of the Lakeview Lutheran Church.

Margaret has been active in our community her entire life. She has worked to help establish the Block Watch program in the Maplewood area along with volunteering as an appointed member of the first official Environmental & Natural Resources Commission for the City of Maplewood and the Maplewood Parks Priority Task Force.

Margaret has also been appointed by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners to serve on the Children's Citizen Review Panel for Human Services and the Low Income Committee Panel.

Margaret has been elected by the voters of Maplewood to three - four year terms to serve as the elected official at the Minnesota State Office of the Ramsey Conservation District.

Margaret has also served two terms as the President of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments and two terms as the vice president. 

(More detailed experience is throughout this web site)

This election is about turning a page, turning a page on where Maplewood has been, to where Maplewood will go in a "New Direction".

I look forward to addressing the issues and earning your vote for Mayor on Tuesday, November  3, 2020.

Progressive Public Servant Leadership with the People as my Priority

  1.  Roads and infrastructure repair and preservation
  2. Low taxes
  3. Equality and inclusion for every person in our community
  4. Affordable housing
  5. Sustainable jobs
  6. Growing economic development
  7. Preservation of our environment and our Green spaces
  8. Community policing, more officers on the street
  9. Restoration of our emergency and essential services
  10. Rebuilding of our fire department
  11. Restoration of our business district
  12. Preservation of our parks and preserves
  13. Sensible transportation and vision planning for the future
  14. Progressive services for community partners and service to our community.
  15. Maplewood needs a detailed state audit of finances and operations. 
  16. Duplications of services costs taxpayers money. This practice must stop.
  17. We need more police on the street
  18. We must rebuild our community and public trust
  19. We must reorganize Code enforcement away from selective enforcement.
  20. Consolidating departments with reorganization will save the taxpayers money and will make city hall work more effectively and efficiently.

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Margaret Behrens for Maplewood Mayor

1393 Kohlman Avenue East

Maplewood, MN 55109


Commitment to public service.

I have been elected to public service by the voters of Maplewood to three - four year terms in the Minnesota State Office 

of the Ramsey Conservation District. 

I have also been elected by unanimous vote to two terms 

as the President of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments. Before president, I was elected twice as vice president.

I have served as leadership in a variety of other appointed positions including  appointments by the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners to the Ramsey County Children's Services Committees for Human Services as well as the Ramsey County Low Income Committee. 

I have included on this website pages of more of my leadership and public service roles and experiences.

This election is about turning a page, turning a page on where Maplewood has been, to where Maplewood will go in a "New Direction".

I look forward to addressing the issues and earning your vote for Mayor on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

I am a public servant-not a politician.

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Let's Work Together to Realize Our Optimized Potential

My leadership and experience will enhance and accelerate our vision.  This campaign is about us, our Maplewood Community.

 My leadership and deep roots in our community of 56 years and 4 generations of my family still living in Maplewood are proof of my investment in our city and in our community.

I have a  record of success as a three term elected public servant to the Minnesota State Office of the Ramsey Conservation District. I'm very qualified and prepared to serve as our new mayor. 

As a two term President of the Ramsey County League of Local Governments my experience and success is proven. 

This along with my many years of leadership experience is  a powerful foundation. 

We will have exactly what we need to make positive things happen and to make them benefit us all.

Through my leadership.  Our new city council members will prove to be very effective and successful  while working together to meet the goals and expectations of our citizens. 

Working together to make positive changes for the future of our city will be great for us all. 

Our community deserves so much better.

It is time that we stop the backward momentum and bring our city out of the steep decline it's been in for many years and start us moving forward and bringing us into a positive outlook and positive movement for our futures.

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My leadership and experience have had proven success.

My record of public service work has proven to be results driven and results given. I have a vision for a transparent and responsible Government that is fully accountable and responsive to us, the taxpayers. It is critical that our government is inclusive and invites and welcomes everyone to discuss and to decide our future. I am very diligent in providing quality services and protecting our personal and our property rights in the most efficient and effective manner, and in prioritizing to grow a strong and vibrant community. 

 I have always worked to provide an equitable and reliable foundation for our children, families, and individuals, and our seniors and the most vulnerable who may be at risk. I work to help all citizens achieve prosperity, honoring and celebrating the history and cultures of our community as my lifetime of experience is working with all cultures and all demographics. 

 I am eager to continue my work ensuring equality, security and contentment for us all as a united community and a united humanity. I am always working to eliminate all of the racial and ethnic disparities across our systems -- including in employment, education, housing, justice and health and human services. 

 My network of partners and I have worked together effectively to build a healthy and sustainable environment; connecting families, young adults, and businesses to opportunities that we all need to help us all succeed. 

I am very blessed to have such great and dedicated connections. 

Non partisan partnerships matter at all levels of government.

Here is a letter I received from Senator Chuck Wiger when I was reelected to my third - 4 year term at the Minnesota State Office of the Ramsey Conservation District in 2016.

I appreciate his kind words and his mention about my exemplary leadership and service and my dedication.

That my work is invaluable in preserving our great communities in Ramsey County.

* Please note that I have no political affiliations and I am still respected by people regardless of theirs.

These partnerships are critical as we move forward to recover our city from the steep decline it's in.

Team Strategy

For the success of any goal. Teamwork is critically important. 

I have worked on and with  numerous boards, panels and committees and various groups and had great success.  As a business manager and training specialist. I keep Team Building and Team work as priorities.​

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Creative and Critical Thinking and a Record of Positive Results

I will and I have always worked to create policy ​that would benefit and enhance our city and those that I serve while protecting the personal and property rights of our taxpayers.  My skills and experience of using Logic which is the science of how to evaluate arguments and reasoning.  The study and use of Critical thinking is a process of evaluation which uses logic to separate truth from falsehood, reasonable from unreasonable beliefs.  I studied these as a student at the University of Minnesota. 

This education is very help but my pride is that

my public service is always successful because I also use common sense and I always make the people my priority.

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My Passion, Commitment and Creativity and my Spirit 

are key in making great things happen

I am committed to being the representation that you deserve on our city council. I will not only work to meet you expectations. 

I will work to exceed your expectations.

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Margaret works great with what she has to work with. She takes challenges and turns them into opportunities with positive results.

Margaret Behrens helped us reach new customers without re-inventing the wheel. Margaret's professionalism and respectful and honest leadership and inspiration is beyond compare. 

I am so glad that she invited and encouraged us to bring our business to Maplewood.

Our business is doing great. 

Margaret is a great choice and an experienced leader. Margaret is exactly who our city needs to grow and move forward into the future.

Margaret led a re-brand of our business design and management assessment. 

That is why we came to Maplewood, Minnesota. 

Margaret is going to be a results getting Mayor.

We can't wait to see how she works to improve this city.

Get ready for great things.

Margaret's experience as a multicultural advocate is priceless for our community. Margaret advocates for all people equally and respectfully.

Our first step was getting our neighbors together to create our vision for our area united together. Margaret Behrens help was invaluable. 

A unified neighborhood benefits us all.

We watch out for each other.

That is exactly what we need in our Mayor. 

Thank you for your support.

Thank you for your support in my mission to become the next Mayor of our city. 

The 55 years that I have been here. I have seen our city at it's best and now at its worst.

It's time we make a change. It's time we elect a new city council to save our city.

Together we can make a difference.

Looking to talk about your vision for our city?   Contact me.  

I'd love you discuss it with you.

Please also check out the Blog portion of this site. There is additional discussion points there.  Thank you for being engaged and inspired to make a positive change. 

I appreciate your support.

Please check out my campaign Face Book page also for more information at:

Margaret Behrens for Maplewood Mayor

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Yes, Here's how you can help.

In just a moment, I am going to ask you to contribute to our campaign for Maplewood Mayor.

Please give me a chance to explain why this request is so important.

Here is the truth:

One of the reasons our campaign is doing so well is because people like you know that we have the guts to stand up for people of Maplewood.

We stand up for a community united and responsive to all. We are one community and we must make sure everyone is represented and included.

We need to restore our emergency services to keep our large and growing city safe and appropriately protected.

We need to fix our failing infrastructure and ensure that our roads will be appropriately maintained and safe.

We must make sure that our economic growth benefits everyone in our city. We need businesses willing to make our city their home and create sustainable jobs with living wages.

We must protect our parks and our green spaces.

We need to work together to restore our city to not only what it once was, prosperous and thriving. But to what it can and will be with a new city council and a new mayor leading the change.

This campaign is not about dismantling what’s been done in the past. It’s about making positive changes to make every challenge an opportunity for a positive future moving forward.

And every single donation we receive sends an unmistakable message that it is OUR grassroots movements that has the power to get out our message and get a new mayor and council elected to restore our city.

So, before the election, I have to ask:

Can I count on you to make a $5.00 contribution to our campaign? Every donation we receive sends an unmistakable message about the size, strength and commitment of our commitment.

I have talked about the number of business owners and their employees, community members as well as volunteers we have, and the they all want a new city council and a new Mayor. 

Our city needs a jump start into the future.

I do it because I cannot take on the partisan politicians and special interest groups that control our nonpartisan city council alone. 

There is only one way. 

And that is together.

Together we can make a difference.

So please, make a $5.00 contribution. I would not ask if it were not so important.

Thank you for being a part of a campaign which will be unprecedented in Maplewood history. 

I am a public servant-not a politician.

Not Me. Us. I am a public servant-not a politician.

No candidate for mayor / city council can take on the political machine that is controlling our city council alone.  

There is only one way we win — and that is together.

Please make a contribution to our campaign today.

Together we can make a difference

For people who want to donate 

directly to the campaign you have  two options: 

You can donate by mail to: 

Margaret Behrens for Maplewood Mayor

1393 Kohlman Avenue 

Maplewood, MN 55109

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Thank you again for your continued support.

Together we can make a difference.

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