David Bill Ansari – Burnsville mayor primary candidate
Occupation: Continental/United Airlines customer service
Education: Minnesota Drafting School, Hennepin Technical College, TV/video technician for Zenith, Sony, Sylvania
Previous elected, appointed or volunteer positions: Volunteered for the Mark Dayton campaign, volunteered and helped mayors in California get elected, coached soccer for schools.
1. Why should people vote for you?
I feel that people should vote for Bill Ansari because I am out to help the people. I want to listen to the people, help the people, and make Burnsville a proud place to live and/or work. I have an open door policy and I want to hear from the people and the business owners of Burnsville.
2. What are the key issues facing the city? How should the city address them?
The riverfront needs to be cleaned up and at this time it is not being addressed. We need to make things look nice for Burnsville.
The Performing Arts Center is not being used. The center was built to provide entertainment or programs for Burnsville. It is currently not being used because the funding is not available. Plans need to be adopted to obtain an operating budget and utilize this facility for the residents of Burnsville.
My vision for Burnsville is more business and more jobs. One way to do this would be to make it easier for more hotels and restaurants to open new businesses in Burnsville. Draw in customers from nearby cities and states as a tourist destination.
3. What cost-cutting measures to city spending would you support?
I would take a look at the budget for the city of Burnsville. I would look at where the spending is going and see if it is acceptable for that area. See if there are areas that need increased funding and areas where funding can be decreased. I need to see what will benefit Burnsville as a city and improve the issues that could potentially bring in more tourists and/or businesses.
The cost-cutting measures should really be addressed for the benefit of the City of Burnsville.
4. Assess the work of the current mayor and council. What is your leadership style?
I feel that the mayor and council over the years have addressed and handled the issues that needed to be handled at the time. I feel that they were not looking at the future of how programs will benefit Burnsville in the years to come.
I feel that my leadership style is organized, willing to listen and find a solution to any issue and/or concern.