Frietch, one of four Republicans running against four Democrats and a Libertarian for four at-large seats, hasn't run for public office before. But he says his skills as a recruiter who works on contract for large companies can be an asset.
"With our unemployment so high, and my background, I think we can do a better job attracting bright companies," Frietch said. "I want to focus on bringing companies to
To attract new businesses, the city has increasingly relied on incentives, which have helped land companies such as
But Frietch said the city doesn't have to rely on using tax dollars to attract jobs.
"A lot of it has to do with partnering and showing value," he said. "With any outreach you have to do your homework on the company you want. If a company is going to grow, and not just relocate, the incentives aren't much of a factor."
Two years ago, in a surprise, Democrats swept all four at-large seats -- the first time that had happened since the city went to single-member districts in 1977.
The Democrats were boosted that year by a strong push by
The Democrats currently have a 9-2 city council majority.
Frietch, 40, lives uptown in the condo tower Catalyst. As a recruiter, he said he generally signs companies to contracts that range in length from three to 12 months. He said one of his most recent clients was
In addition to recruiting new businesses, Frietch said, public safety is a large part of his campaign.
Like most Republicans, Frietch said he would have voted against the recently passed
He said the time wasn't right for the CIP and corresponding 7.25 percent tax increase.
"Not at this time," he said. "We are doing more harm than good."
Frietch said he isn't sure how he would have voted when council members this year voted to give the
"I don't know if I can say one way or another," he said, adding he might have looked to lower the amount of property taxes the team pays on
"As long as they continue to upgrade the stadium, they could have lower taxes," he said.
Frietch had raised
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