Former New Brighton council member looks back on work

Brian Strub served on the New Brighton City Council for a term from 2014 to 2017, and decided not run for reelection last fall. 

In a recent email Q and A, Strub reflected on why he didn’t run again and his time on the council, and shared his excitement for New Brighton’s future. 

“Last summer I missed one third of my daughter’s softball games ... and I was her coach,” said Strub, adding it was time for him to set public service aside and make his family his top priority. 

The plan now is to “step back and stay out of the way,” he said, saying he will now focus on his day job, working as a communications specialist for a home health care service, and spending time with his family, coaching and cheering on his kids. 

Strub said he ran in 2013 for the city council because he didn’t “hear the voice of young families looking for improved parks, or recent transplants looking for bike trails and safe crosswalks.” 

Strub said he wanted New Brighton to be a “little more hip, a little more cool,” and attract young families that might be looking to settle in Northeast Minneapolis or St. Paul. He said he also ran to demonstrate the importance of public service to his children. “If you have an idea on how to improve something, or how to make someone’s life better, than step up and get involved.”

He won election from a field of five candidates. 

Strub said the “single most important thing the city council did” during his four years was supplying New Brighton with safe drinking water, and the simultaneous work to find a short-term solution in using Minneapolis’ water supply when issues arose with the city’s groundwater. 

He also noted other work, like renovations to the New Brighton Community Center and the Eagles Nest, as well as smaller projects, like a safer crosswalk on County Road E2, the reopening of the Sunny Square Park outdoor ice rink and adding lights to the sledding hill at Shady Oaks Park.

Strub said he holds a Veterans Day presentation by the Tri-City American Legion of a POW-MIA flag to the council as a favorite memory. His dad, who lives out of state and served in Vietnam, made it to see the flag presentation. “That was special,” he said. 

Another favorite memory he said was the time he traveled to a council meeting by way of Rollerblades, but forgot to bring shoes. He served that night in socks. Strub also campaigned on inline skates. “It was easier to cover a lot of ground on wheels,” he said.

Though he said his four years on the council were sometimes marked by clashes with former council member Gina Bauman, who lost her reelection bid last fall, Strub said “we delivered a lot of results for New Brighton.”

Pointing to recent infrastructure work like bridges and and The Enclave neighborhood at the New Brighton Exchange development, Strub said, “New Brighton is in a great position for future success.”


– Solomon Gustavo can be reached at or 651-748-7815

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