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Name: Janet Anderson

Age: 56

Address: 305 Sixth St. N.W.

Family: Husband, Scott; daughter, Megan, 21.

Work experience: KAAL TV 6, writer/producer for promotion, special projects and community outreach; co-owner of Words Unlimited Creative Services.


Educational background: Bachelor of Arts degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall; Blandin Community Leadership Training Program.

Community and volunteer experience: Fourteen years as appointed volunteer on Austin City Planning Commission; current member of City of Austin Human Rights Commission, Downtown Revitalization Marketing Committee; Austin Area Foundation — charter member of the board of trustees; board member of Comprehensive Arts Planning Program; member of Austin Sesquicentennial Promotion Committee and Month of March Art & Architecture Committee; co-founder, board member, actor and director for Matchbox Children’s Theatre; charter board member Historic Paramount Theatre/Austin Area Commission for the Arts; actor for Summerset Theatre, Starlight Starbright Theatre; director of TOUCH play for Crime Victims Resource Center; host family for seven Rotary exchange students and children of Northern Ireland program.

What are the top three issues facing the city? 1) Economic development and downtown revitalization. 2) Flood prevention. 3) Justice center and jail.

How do you propose to address those issues? 1) Economic development is an ongoing process. Local leaders must work regularly. 2) Study prevention proposals, be in balance with environmental impacts. 3) Police and sheriff need to stay together. Leaders must work to do it economically.

What kind of leadership, in your opinion, is required for this position? Strong leadership must be open to new ideas and resources while building on effective programs and projects in place. Collaboration, open communication, respect and citizen participation are keys to success.

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