Jillian Hendrickson Announces Mayoral Campaign

Jillian Hendrickson, a member of the Albertville City Council, announced her candidacy for mayor of Albertville at Tuesday night's Women of Today meeting.

Albertville city council member Jillian Hendrickson was last night's speaker and newest member of the Women of Today group at their monthly meeting.

Hendrickson shared her experiences and her personal beliefs about community leadership, her experiences with college, career choices and her most recent decision to get her MBA and run for Albertville council.

"95% of the time I love being an elected official," she said citing the other 5% makes her "sad".

"But tough decisions and disagreements are part of what makes a healthy organization. Being one of the three who made the decision to let go of our city administrator was a rough spot to be in. Obviously there was both negative & positive criticism regarding the decision which was made, yet in the end of each day, I believe it was a healthy decision for the future of our city," she read from her prepared speech.

"I, Jillian Hendrickson am running for Albertville mayor this November," she announced to a room of nearly 20 women.

Reasons she cited for running include: the Albertville city staff and positive feedback from them, exciting times ahead including the freeway project and future business development, friendships and finally, "it makes me happy," she said.

Hendrickson, who began her , moved to Albertville in 2007. She is originally from Maple Grove and currently works in pharmaceutical sales. 


STMA Parent July 11, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Oh yeah, she is going to make things soo much better (trust me, I am being sarcastic).
Business for Albertville July 11, 2012 at 02:49 PM
She will make things better. I think you should have a discussion with her and give her a chance. You would be surprised.
JLH July 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
How could any voter have a discussion with her? When she went lit dropping while running for city council she brought along her dog (I did not appreciate her dog walking through my front yard) and talked on her phone -- I opened the front door so I could ask her a question (as I like to do with any candidate) - she turned and gave me what could only be referred to as a condescending look and was on her way to the next house --- still gabbing on her phone!!! Yeah, this seems like a person who would be open to questions and a discussion. NOT IMPRESSED!!!!
Nat July 11, 2012 at 03:06 PM
This is exciting! Someone younger for this community with fresh ideas! Being in my 30's and a mom, having a mayor more approachable to my age group seems like a good fit for this growing community!
Linda July 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I need to learn more about her. I was in attendance at the council meeting where Larry Kruse dismissal was done (not a Larry fan either way) but Jillian was a little immature of her demeaner and how she reacted to people in the audiance (not professional), etc. I am not saying she would not be a good candidate but we need to see more and hear more. I find the report of the lady reporting Jillian's visit to her door intereresting and actuall;y something I could picture-honestly. We need a consistantly honest and responsbile individual in the Mayor's chair. Our town needs to grow-no flourish-it has been stagnant way too long.I am not convinced she is the one to do that. But time will tell us more.
Bill T July 11, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Ms. Hendrickson should get a fair look like anyone else, but the very fact that someone who has lived in Albertville a mere five years feels qualified to be Mayor strikes me as arrogant.
Linda July 11, 2012 at 07:18 PM
Bill T, I did't realize she has only lived her 5 years. I had considered more involvement in local politics but felt my 9 years and 9 months really did not qualify me to expect to become involved especially on that level. I am sorry but I feel one really needs to "have been around the Albertville block" a bit longer to be in that influential position at this time. City council is a huge step and she should maintain that position for a few elections to allow her to grow and show the citizens of Albertville that she is capable of running for the Mayoral position.
JLH July 11, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I also question why she is choosing to run for mayor PRIOR to finishing out her 1st term as a member of the city council. Does anyone know if the current mayor is seeking re-election?
Happy in St. Michael July 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Her lack professionalism, maturity, economics, and business know-how--exhibited by her actions and words with the firing of Larry Kruse--are enough reason for me not to support her. She should have more experience with community organizations, city council, and the businesses in the community before even thinking about running. I don't feel my 8 years here are enough to make me a good mayor, and I've been very involved in the community. I'm 33 and I don't care about a candidate's age or gender (or any traits you're born with) as much as their character and their determination to do the right thing for their constituents. I hope some other candidates step forward who are more professional, mature (in demeanor), and truly understand the business and economic climate and how to solve Albertville's problems.
K July 12, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I can't imagine the city of Albertville wanting Ms. Hendrickson as Mayor. Speaking from personal experience, she is rarely open to anyone else's opinion but her own and always seems to know how to do things better (aka her way). The immature & rude interactions people have had with her as noted in these comments are quite in line with her usual mo and would not bode well for the leader of this city.
neil g July 17, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I have had the distinct pleasure to work with Jillian Hendrickson over the last several years. As colleagues, I found her devotion to the team and the company’s image to run parallel with her work ethic. Jillian begins every day by challenging her team members while leading by example. I have no doubt in my mind of her ability to perform the duties of the Office with a fiscally cautious attitude. In this time of economic downturn, every town needs a strong civic leader who is focused on the future of the Community. She is a strong candidate who is showing initiative which is more than I can say for some anonymous bloggers. Jillian was not only a colleague, but is a wonderful friend and neighbor whom I have grown to trust. Some of these comments show just how simple people are, and how they will find any reason to hinder progress.
Muskyteeth July 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Well, I'm on the other side of these negative comments. My interactions with Jill as City Council member have impressed me. For instance, she helped me get in touch with the City Clerk and Sheriff to start more patrols/speed traps in our neighborhood to slow drivers down. And this is my fault, but she is still waiting for me to submit a letter with neighbors signatures to the City about this issue and ways to work with the City to reduce speeds in our neighborhood due to the curves/blind curves in our neighborhood. She actually contacted me asking where the letter was so she could get this moving...I call that pro-active. I also see her out and about all the time at local restuarants and Friendly City Days and is always up for a conversation. I will keep my opinion about the negative comments, primarily focusing around the assumption that she has a bad demeanor, no maturity or she brings her dog with while campaigning, etc. to myself as they don't add anything concrete to this discussion. I'm excited to hear more about someone that is relatively young, conservative views and is ready to continue to make this community safe and hopefully grow. Good for you Jill and excited to hear what you plan to do for this City.....like kill all the dandelions on the Blvds so I don't have to spray my lawn 4 times a year...ha. Chris Loch
Anonymous October 14, 2012 at 04:48 AM
Jillian is very smart and refreshing for Albertville. I suspect the old school part of Albertville is afraid of her abilities to lead the city. She has challenged the what is not working for our city. And some do not like that. When she was involved in a very difficult decision about Larry Kruse, she showed up at the meeting very well prepared and had much to back up her decision. Two other council members did not. One is up for re-election for this term. Many citizens contacted her because they knew she would listen to them and would check into their concerns. The others running have been Mayor before and Albertville has not been better for having them as Mayor. Give her a chance. Give Jillian an opportunity to move Albertville forward.


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