‘Through the view of the south side’: Ward 6 candidate has lived in same part of town all his life – Albert Lea Tribune
A man from Albert Lea running for Ward 6 council seat says his lifelong residency in the ward would help him build relationships with residents if elected and make decisions with their interests in mind .
Brian Anderson, 51, said he had been considering running for Albert Lea City Council for many years, and when he heard longtime councilor Al “Minnow” Brooks was not running for election , he decided to try.
“I’ve always been interested in what’s going on,” Anderson said.
He said he is the kind of person who has always believed that if you complain about the way something is done, you should get involved and work to make a difference.
He grew up on Eighth Street as the eldest of six children and eventually bought a house near there. Many family members still live in the hall.
“I can’t say I’m going to agree with everyone on every question, but I can guarantee that I can see things through the south side view,” he said.
Anderson said many people may know him from his time at McDonald’s from 1989 to 2001, where he was an executive and hired heavily. He also worked in auto finance for about 20 years at different locations and during that time he became a signing agent. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this job turned into a full-time job. He is also a musician and disc jockey through his company, Digital Dream Sound, and owns a handful of rental properties.
While every candidate can apply for jobs, he said he believes there are plenty of jobs in Albert Lea, but the city needs better ones.
He said accessibility is important to him, and if elected, he would want people to know that they can email and call him, and they will always get a response.
“I have time for them,” he said.
Transparency is another feature close to his heart.
“There’s this feeling that people don’t know what’s going on – that decisions are made in dark, smoky rooms. I know it’s not, but we need to do a better job of being transparent,” Anderson said.
One issue he says has become of interest recently is the increase in his property taxes. He would like to see where some of that taxpayer money is going.
He also referenced some parking needs and the need for more lighting on what he described as the “Wilson Turnpike”, on the extension of Front Street where the road turns into Garfield Avenue.
“We have things to do and I want to make sure we’re always represented,” he said.