Letter to the Editor: Little has Character, Intelligence, Energy to Get Things Done

Letter writer: "Little’s compassion for people is real. You might think that once the cameras are off that he would lose the smile but I’ve never seen it."

To the editor,

Over the past few months there has been plenty of information concerning the positions of our candidates for Mayor. We’ve heard from the candidates at the public debate, we’ve seen different perspectives from elected officials, there have been mailings and position papers.

As managing attorney at the Lakeville branch office of Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, I would like to provide my insight regarding Matt Little who has been working as a law clerk at our office. Hopefully this will provide an additional glimpse of the character and dedication he has to our community.

In twenty five years of practicing law, I can honestly say that I have never hired anyone as capable, hardworking, and intelligent as Matt Little. On day one he came equipped with the ability to recognize legal issues and problem solve like a seasoned attorney. During his first week I assigned a case with a difficult and complex medical history. I expected the project would require at least two weeks to complete. In four days with no medical background, Little read, organized, simplified and analyzed thousands of pages of medical records. His analysis was provided to the opposing attorney, helping bring immediate resolution to a complicated matter.

Little’s compassion for people is real. You might think that once the cameras are off that he would lose the smile but I’ve never seen it. One day last summer he spent the whole morning helping clients prepare for their depositions, which is an intense process. Instead of taking lunch, he went straight to the food shelf to assist in transitioning their data to a new database. He would also occasionally ask for a break during the day so he could personally go to the home of a Lakeville resident to discuss a problem at hand.

Many people have mentioned Little’s energy level but I feel the need to reiterate a few things I’ve seen. First, Little worked full-time throughout the summer. This was more than a 9 to 5 job. He only took three days off between finishing his first year of law school at the University of Minnesota and starting in our office.  He would often have meetings before work at the Mainstreet Café, meet with folks during lunch and then knock on doors at night. I honestly have no idea how he does it. His type of energy, intelligence, problem solving skills and dedication is what gets things done.

We have a special opportunity to have someone like Matt serve as our Mayor. His commitment to this community is like none I’ve seen. It is with great pleasure that I support him in his candidacy for Mayor.  

Art Kosieradzki, Attorney, Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey, Lakeville

Harvey Simpson October 31, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Reib, Bellows, La Beau, and Swecker also work 9 - 5 jobs, have families to take care of in the mornings and evenings and still find time to serve their community, volunteer, and meet with business leaders. Throw in Doug Anderson and David Bares as well. How about we get answers from Little about what others have asked: 1) Why are you accepting donations from out of state unions, 2). Why is Josh Preston - State Director at the Minnesota DFL Party so interested in your election campaign when he isn't from Lakeville, nor reside in Lakeville and "mayor" is a non-partisan official and 3) Why do you consistently refuse to answer the question about your long-term career goals - i.e. a trial lawyer, a patent lawyer, president of the U.S., an ambulance chasing lawyer, governor of MN.
reallyguy November 01, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Take a look at all of the candidates for city office financial reports. http://www.scribd.com/LocalTransparency
jessewicks November 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Art, We don't doubt Matt Little for one moment. He is as genuine as can be. And you are right, Matt always wears a smile and because he does, he is very approachable and easy to talk with. Bellows on the other hand always seems to be somewhat angry and preocupied with his internal thoughts. Many freinds of ours have told us they feel like Mark Bellows only attempts to pacify them by his actions of head nodding, but then refuses to move forward with their suggestions. And if there is a half smile on his face, its only there to masquerade under rather than showing his true feelings. And again, we need a leader who is willing to admit when he has made a mistake, rather than remaining firm on his arrogant untrue statements and getting the city sued. Little will never promise he won't ever make a mistake, but if he does, we know he will come clean and thats a fine quality of a leader. We applaud Attorney Art Kosieradzki for sharing his honest perpectives with us. Let's move forward next Tuesday and make sure Matt Little is our new Mayor! Us seniors have your back Matt. We'll never forget what you did for us, while helping to fight the likes of Mark Bellows to get it for us.
Lisa November 01, 2012 at 03:06 AM
I think it is so interesting to talk with great pride about a young man working full time. Really? I am MUCH older and I work from 7:30 to 7:30+ every day. Really?
Harvey Simpson November 01, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Jesse-"Many freinds of ours have told us they feel like Mark Bellows only attempts to pacify them by his actions of head nodding, but then refuses to move forward with their suggestions. " YOU MEAN, MATT LITTLE HAS TOLD YOU TO SAY THIS. Or maybe you are Matt little. How much are the annual operating costs of the new senior center.
Harvey Simpson November 01, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Little raised over $18000 but only 2800 of what was reported was labeled from Lakeville residents.
Dean November 01, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Another spending other people's money liberal is not what Lakeville needs! No thank you! No to Little!
resident November 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Why would we want to elect Mark Bellow, Bellow is a big liability! He has a long record of negativity. In his 10 years as councilmen Mark Bellow was often at odds with the council and the staff. He championed to give the benefits of the Lakeville liquor sales away to profiteers. Then he squandered our taxes on consultant fees. His intent is to give away the stake and equity of citizens in order to cuddle what he code-named "business". He groundlessly directed the city departments to resubmit their budgets with decreases just to score political points instead of guiding progress. Think! Would Bellow as the Pastor likewise direct his parishioners to decrease their contributions and then still expect his church to flourish On Sep 29 Bellow greeted the Kock brother’s clandestine propaganda organization “Americans for Prosperity” in Antlers Park. It is concerning that he is participating in an organization known for its anti social agenda and the dissemination of falsehoods. His conduct shows he has been and will be advancing their agenda as the mayor of Lakeville instead of serving us. We need an uncontaminated young person like Matt!
Charlie Gerk November 01, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Hey 'resident'...ugh sorry I forgot. Hi Joe! Looks like you did a copy and paste of your Letter to the editor here. As for your "uncontaminated young person", who has received multiple contributions from at least 12 different unions, union leaders, the campaign manager of DFLer Keith Ellison, former DFLer congressman and now lobbyist Bill Luther, the former DFL Senate District 36 Chair, the Senate District 60 DFL Organizer, a DFL Congressional District 2 director, YOU, the treasurer for Minneapolis Democrats for Truth and that is only who was listed.
Harvey Simpson November 01, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Hi Resident - if Bellows was this bad he wouldn't have lasted 10 years. Additionally, none of these problems rose two years ago when he first ran for mayor. The real problem is Matt Little. It is time that Matt Little looks in the mirror and admit that he is the problem over the past two years. Matt Little at 27 years old is more contaminated that Bellows, Reib, Swecker, Anderson, Le Beau and Bares combined. You can look directly at the 18000 dollars he raised in campaign contributions. When you look at the report only $2800 of this was disclosed as Lakeville residents. A US Postal service donation from Dallas TX...come on...the devil is in the details.
Harvey Simpson November 01, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Charlie - you forgot the Dallas TX U.S. Postal Service donation to Matt Little....
Charlie Gerk November 01, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Naw, I just didn't feel like taking the time to single out every Union Leader. The Dallas, Texas contribution is from the President of the Texas State Association of Letter Carriers. http://www.tsalc.net/Officers%20Report/pres_report.htm
Patrick Petersen November 02, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Thank you Art for sharing an inside to Matt's summer. Having a sibling go through law school I am aware of the amount of dedication it takes. I am just surprised at all the comments from the same people against Matt Little. It is sickening how rude and disrespectful some can be when they hide behind fake names. If you look at the comments, most of them sound like a child trying to get their way. We should be focused on what is best for Lakeville, not personal attacks. Matt Little is the only candidate that has provided a plan that is simple to understand. Mayor Bellows had his two years. In fact it took Mayor Bellows over two weeks to respond to an email from me about vacant buildings downtown. That is not what we need for mayor. We need someone that is willing to treat it more than a part time job. I wish all the Little "haters" would read what they have posted.
Harvey Simpson November 02, 2012 at 06:06 AM
PP- I wish all the Reib "haters" and bellows "haters" would read what they have written about them and correct their false accusations. Maye the city should hire twenty-something staff for the mayor and council to maintain Facebook pages, twitter accounts, Pinterest, and Google Plus because the youth of our city suffer "instant gratification" syndrome. You sound like a child not getting their way.
Patrick Petersen November 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Harvey, I am open the the attack, but, to be singled out being called a child is uncalled for. I have never acted like a child, but the continous harassing comments is what I dislike. I do like the suggestion about having someone maintain those pages because that is how a lot of the people learn about local, national, and world events. I would also add in Instagram too. In my job if I would wait two weeks to respond to an email, I would be fired. That simple.


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