“I really like local government,” said Remakel, a longtime science teacher in District 833. “You can touch people’s lives directly.”
Remakel, a 34-year resident of Woodbury, told Patch that transportation, protecting natural resources and using county tax dollars efficiently are her main priorities.
Meanwhile, Weik issued a release this week announcing that she has filed for the .
“While District 5 still encompasses most of Woodbury, due to redistricting, some neighborhoods have changed commissioner districts,” she said in a statement. “In order to be responsive to voters I am committed to visiting new areas of District 5 to introduce myself, listen to citizen concerns and share what Washington County is doing well.”
Weik also has the backing of , who is quoted in the release.
“During her short tenure Commissioner Weik has done an incredible job representing the interests of taxpayers in the county including veterans and small business owners,” Hanson said. “She worked hard to ensure Washington County was ‘at the table’ when the new Minneapolis/Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership formed to grow commerce for the east metro. I’ve also seen her dedication to public service while volunteering together on the . Whether promoting for veterans in Saint Paul or traveling to Washington D.C. lobbying for county interests, she is a tireless advocate for Woodbury. I'm happy to support Lisa Weik in her re-election bid for the County Board.”
Weik—first elected to the county board in 2008 in a special election and re-elected in 2010—touted her accomplishments, including serving as a parent volunteer for the and Woodbury schools, and her business background in medical device compliance and as a healthcare professional in clinical laboratories.
Remakel said she’s well known in the community and will make good decisions without regard to party affiliation.
“I think that’s what I bring to the table,” she said.
Remakel said teaching in Cottage Grove and South St. Paul, while living in Woodbury and attending church in Oakdale, gives her a good perspective on the needs of the county as a whole.
She’s planning to further refine her campaign this month as she gears up to face Weik.
“She’ll be a formidable campaigner,” Remakel said. “But so am I.”
Weik and her husband Phillip are both members of the Woodbury Lions Club and have been residents of the city since 1997. Their adult children Sarah and Jeff are both graduates of . The Gateway Corridor Commission elected Weik chair for 2011 and 2012.