2022 Apple Valley Candidate Forums
Apple Valley City Council
Recording of Candidate Forum for Apple Valley City Council between candidates Ben Baglio, Councilmember John Bergman (Incumbent) & Councilmember Tom Melander (Incumbent). Non-partisan, ELECT 2.
Apple Valley Mayor
Recording of Candidate Forum for Apple Valley Mayor between candidates Frederic Contino & Mayor Clint Hooppaw (Incumbent). Non-partisan.
State House District 56B
Recording of Candidate Forum for State House District 56B between candidates Representative John Huot (D, Incumbent) & Joe Scanlon (R).
State House District 56A
Recording of Candidate Forum for State House District 56A between candidates Representative Robert Bierman (D, Incumbent) & Joe Landru (R).
State Senate District 56
Recording of Candidate Forum for State Senate District 56 between candidates Jim Bean (R) & Representative Erin Maye Quade (D).
MN Congressional District Two Forum: Angie Craig (D) and Tyler Kistner (R)
WCCO Political Analyst Blois Olson moderates a two part forum, talking to both the Democratic Candidate Angie Craig, and the GOP Candidate Tyler Kistner of Minnesota’s Second Congressional District.
Also presenting are the Chamber Coalition of Dakota County, representing the Apple Valley, Burnsville, Hastings, Lakeville and River Heights Chambers of Commerce.
The forum is sponsored by AARP MN, MN Corn Growers and MN Credit Unions.
GROWING OUR COMMUNITY
Apple Valley has lakes, a ski-slope within 5 minutes, hundreds of stores and restaurants and 52,000 people living across the Minnesota River from 3 million. We have a close-knit community with all the amenities of an international airport, major sports, arts, theater and fine dining just minutes away.
While some Chambers have Government Affairs, we believe the Chamber should drive the agenda rather than “follow” government so we’ve renamed it to Local Issues as many issues don’t involve government.
This committee is poised for ``quick response`` on issues as they arise, in order to bring our “practical business insight” solutions to the forefront. We demand sensible regulation, fair taxation, accountability and transparency. We are always at the table for you, as the united “Voice of Business.”
LEADING BY EXAMPLE
With 50,000 residents, Apple Valley has over 600 businesses with more than half as members of the Chamber of Commerce, more than twice the national average for Chamber participation.
LIVING AND THRIVING
Apple Valley was named 20th Best Place to Live (also 2007, 2008 & 2010 top 30). This highly prestigious ranking is due to our strong business community, strong work ethic, our Top School District, Zoo and collaboration of the City and Chamber.
GROOMING YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
These dynamic ``Young Professionals`` are emerging business leaders, gather monthly for fun events, professional development, host motivational speakers, have family outings, networking events and conduct community service and chamber projects as needed.
You might be surprised how many committee members over the years become elected to our Board of Directors and Board Chair, as the Board nominating committee recognize Ambassadors as involved leaders interesting in improving the Apple Valley business environment.
OUR FOCUSWorking with the Community
The Chamber has been involved in helping plan it all for 48 years and is planning the next 40. If NY is the Big Apple and Minneapolis the ``Minne`` Apple, nickname should reflect our shiny future. Certainly we're an ``Apple Seed`` sprouting new Shutes. Nestled conveniently equidistant between Minneapolis and St. Paul, we are truly ``A Place For A Lifetime.``
DAYS PER YEAR
Bill Gray, President of Uponor (Apple Valley's largest company) said that you, President Ed and the entire Chamber works really hard for the business community and he really appreciates the leadership and we both want the Chamber to know that.
If the model of Apple Valley is the future, then the future looks bright!
FORMER GOVERNOR TIM PAWLENTY
We feel that being an integral part of the Apple Valley community, is crucial to our long-term success, in addition to being a good corporate citizen.