Statement on Primary Election Results

CRYSTAL, August 12, 2014 – Crystal Planning Commissioner Jeff Kolb today issued the following statement on the results of the primary election:

“I am humbled to have received the support of so many Crystal residents in the Primary Election, earning over 57% of the vote.  I think the results clearly show that the people of Crystal are looking for a change in their representation.” Kolb said.

“I personally knocked on 685 doors during the primary, and I am looking forward to meeting many more Crystal residents over the next few months as I try to earn their votes in November,” Kolb concluded.

Kolb is a small business owner, a board member with the Crystal Business Association, and currently serves as the Planning Commissioner for Ward 2, where he has been a leading voice for making Crystal more business friendly by eliminating unnecessary red tape at city hall.  His wife Erin is Vice Chair of Crystal’s Parks and Recreation commission.  Jeff and Erin live in Crystal’s Brownwood neighborhood at Douglas Drive and 38th Avenue North with their son James.

To learn more about Jeff Kolb for Crystal City Council Ward 2, please visit or call 612-314-5652.

League of Women Voters Debate Recap

I attended the League of Women Voters Candidate Forum for Crystal City Council candidates on Tuesday July 22, 2014.  Video of the forum is above.  The Ward 2 portion of the forum begins at 46:36.

Overall, I was very happy with the way the forum went.  I was pleased that incumbent council member Joe Selton and I were able to have a civil and respectful debate about the issues without resorting to taking personal shots at each other or misrepresenting anyone’s views.  (Unfortunately the same cannot be said for the Section II debate, where incumbent council member John Budziszewski took a cheap and untrue shot at one of his opponents during his closing statement, when she had no chance to respond.)

I believe that during this debate the voters in Crystal were able to see a clear contrast between two of the men who seek to represent them on the city council.  The third candidate, Randy Rosario, did not show up.

I was able to lay out part of my vision for moving Crystal forward and getting the city and the city council back on the right track.

I hope that you enjoy watching the debate as much as I enjoyed participating in it.  If you have any questions that were not answered, please do not hesitate to call me at 612-314-5652 or email me.

The forum will replay on Cable Channel 12 at the following times:

  • Thursday, July 24 at 7 PM
  • Friday, July 25 at 10 PM
  • Saturday, July 26 at 10 AM
  • Sunday, July 27 as 4 PM
  • Monday, July 28 at 10 PM
  • Saturday, August 2 at 7 AM
  • Sunday, August 3 at 7 AM
Prepared and paid for by the Kolb for Crystal Committee, PO Box 28373, Crystal, MN 55428