Harris, Clausen, Freiberg Elected To Council

The Golden Valley City Council will have two new members when it reconvenes January 3, 2012—Shep Harris and Joanie Clausen. Incumbent Mike Freiberg will also return.

In the November 8 City election, Harris defeated Jeffrey Beck and incumbent Linda Loomis to fill the four-year mayoral term; Clausen and Freiberg defeated Greg Keivit and Blair Tremere to fill two four-year Council terms. Current Council member Bob Shaffer did not seek reelection.

Harris has lived in Golden Valley since 2004 and works in government relations for Fredrikson & Bryon. He served on the Golden Valley Human Services Foundation in 2005 and currently serves on the Robbinsdale Schools Legislative Action Coalition Steering Committee, the Sabes Jewish Community Center Board, the Minnesota Citizen Stream Monitoring Program, and the Bassett Creek Neighborhood Group (of which he is a co-founder). He has a bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC.

Clausen is a life-long resident of Golden Valley and owner of Town Crier Promotions, a local business that sells imprinted items. Over the years, Clausen has served on the Golden Valley Human Services Foundation, as treasurer of the Golden Valley Historical Society, and was a facilitator for Envision Golden Valley. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.

Freiberg is also a life-long resident of Golden Valley and has served on the Council since 2004. He is an attorney for the Public Health Law Center and an adjunct professor of legislation at William Mitchell College of Law. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the Georgetown University and a law degree from William Mitchell.

The newly elected Council members will be sworn into office Jan 3, 2012

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