Rachel James


Rachel James

Council member elect Rachel James has been a part of the Heights community for years and looks forward to serving on the council.

Story by Rachel James

When I get sworn in I am most excited to continue serving our community by focusing on equity in all decisions that the council makes, supporting initiatives to increase livability in Columbia Heights and listening to the voices of all community members.

One specific thing that we get to do in the first part of the year is appoint people to boards and commissions. I will be excited to get new leadership involved in our community.

For a long time Columbia Heights had focused on primarily keeping taxes low and not investing in the future of our community. One change I would like to see is a proactive development mindset to help us compete with the surrounding communities.

Our family loves the community recreation programs all year round, but I feel like the winter activities are underrated. My teens will be joining the ice skating classes, going snow tubing, and we will all be attending the Holiday Train and Snow Blast events.