Library Board veteran Diane Hofstede announced she is running for the open 3rd Ward City Council seat.
Hofstede, 58, is a professional financial adviser and has served on the Library Board since 1984, she said. She lives with her husband Tony in St. Anthony West. The new 3rd Ward also includes the Nicollet Island/East Bank neighborhood and St. Anthony East, Marcy-Holmes, Sheridan, Bottineau, Hawthorne and McKinley.
"When I look at the future of the library, it appears we are on the right track," she said. "When I looked at the new ward and the potential, I really felt that is where I wanted to spend my time and energy."
Hofstede chaired the successful Referendum Committee that won voter approval for the new $110 million Downtown Central Library and other community library improvements. Hofstede has also served on the Neighborhood Revitalization Program Policy Board and chaired it from 2000-2002.
All six elected Library Board members are up for reelection this year. That means Hofstede's seat is open. (The Mayor and City Council appoint one person each to the Library Board. Their terms also expire at the end of 2005.)
Hofstede said her priorities included maintaining core services - police, fire, streets, parks and libraries - while not taxing people out of their homes. She also wants to improve constituent services and work to protect the Mississippi, which her district borders.
The new district boundaries put City Councilmember Don Samuels, the current 3rd Ward representative, into the 5th Ward.