EPNI is governed by a 15-seat Board of Directors composed of residents and employees of the Elliot Park neighborhood. The Board helps shape the future of the neighborhood by setting the vision for the organization and allocating financial resources toward that vision.
Due to COVID-19, EPNI postponed our annual meeting to September 14th. This year, there are 7 seats open for election – (5) of the seats have a term of 2020-2023 and (2) of the seats have a term of 2020-2022. Review the candidates and vote online or by mail:
HOW TO VOTE
• Voting online: https://form.jotform.com/202296795293164
• Voting by mail: Fill out the ballot mailed to your home, return it to the EPNI office in the postage paid envelope.
• Votes must be postmarked or received online by September 18
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Rebecca Thomas • Resident
Seeking Re-Election Focus: Safety, Outreach & Food Solutions
Rebecca has lived and worked in Elliot Park Neighborhood for 7 years and has worked to engage with neighbors in many ways. She has experience as a community organizer, social worker, program developer, and advocate and would like to continue using those experiences within the neighborhood. Rebecca hopes to continue building lasting relationships with her neighbors and cultivate a stronger sense of community in Elliot Park.
Vachel Hudson • Resident
Seeking Re-Election Focus: Safety, Outreach & Land Use
Vachel is a result-oriented team player with a positive attitude, driven to learn, improve and succeed. He has experience in community outreach, mobilizing,organizing, hosting and facilitating meetings with organizational, board, community leaders and members, city and government officials, and stakeholders. Vachel is Vice-Chair of the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Committee and hopes to help make Elliot Park a more economically equitable, vibrant place for residents to live, learn, work and play!
Glen Johnson • Resident
Seeking Re-Election Focus: Events & Land Use
Glen has been the chair of the Building, Land Use, and Housing (BLUH) Committee since December 2019, with a focus on moving us into socially distant ways of communicating, like online meetings. He is also involved in several organizations and boards working on transportation and land use issues across the Twin Cities. Glen would like to see the BLUH committee and EPNI be examples for neighborhood associations to look to for outreach to our neighbors and furthering the discussion around equity issues in our city.
Jim Hirst • Resident
Focus: Safety, Litter, Street Beautification & Land Use
Jim has resided in Elliot Park for 30 years, is a regular participant in neighborhood activities and meetings. He has a passion for preserving our existing historic properties, saving our fragile parks, and improving our streetscapes. Jim would like to see monthly board meetings become more open and accessible for the EP residents and businesses that we are representing in the neighborhood.
Billy Brownlee • Resident
Focus: Fundraising & Land Use
Billy lives in the Elliot Park community, is active in his recovery from heroin (8 years) and has experienced homelessness. Billy brings his unique life experiences and perspective to the EPNI Board. He hopes to apply his experience from serving on the Aeon Board of Directors to better serve the community and support fundraising efforts.
Cast your ballot online for this year's election of EPNI Board of Directors: VOTE TODAY!