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Also vying for the two-year seat is 51-year-old Christie Minervini, who owns and operates Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods and who previously served on the TC Arts Commission and the Safe Harbor board. She cites her involvement in Woman to Woman TC, a group that promotes “equality and opportunity for all,” as inspiring her to run. “We’ve been focusing on encouraging more women to run for elected and appointed offices, so it’s an opportunity for me to walk the walk,” she says. Minervini says top priorities include maintaining downtown and historic neighborhoods, finding solutions for the housing crisis, addressing aging infrastructure, and promoting more opportunities for young families and professionals. “I share everyone’s desire to protect and grow Traverse City in a way that honors our history and small-town reputation, but also provides opportunities and the quality of life that everyone needs to thrive,” she says.
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Christie Minervini Announces Her Candidacy for City Commission 


July 24, 2019         For Immediate Release


TRAVERSE CITY—Christie Minervini, a longtime community advocate passionate about gender equality, smart growth, and issues surrounding homelessness, proudly announces her candidacy for the City Commission of Traverse City. 


Minervini currently serves as chair of Woman2Woman TC, and sits on the boards of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission and Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. She recently stepped off the board of Safe Harbor, where she helped lead a successful $1.85 million capital campaign for a seasonal emergency shelter facility in Traverse City. She has also served as chair of the Traverse City Public Art Commission and membership co-chair of Impact 100 TC.


“Leaders have the ability to recognize a problem or opportunity, listen and identify solutions, build consensus and collaborate with others to develop a plan, then finally, appoint and support the right individuals to get the job done,” Minervini said. “Through my past experience as a business professional and community advocate, I have proven myself to be one of these leaders.” 


Minervini also owns and operates Sanctuary Handcrafted Goods in the Village at Grand Traverse Commons. She and her husband, Raymond, live on 17th Street.


As a city commissioner, Minervini pledges to work toward maintaining our downtown and historic neighborhoods; finding solutions to the housing crisis; preserving and strengthening our freshwater resources; addressing aging infrastructure; providing opportunities for young adults and their families; and promoting civility and public engagement.


“I'm running because I share the desire to protect, nurture and grow Traverse City in a way that honors our history and small-town reputation while providing the quality of life and opportunities that we need to thrive,” Minervini said. 


Election day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Minervini is running to complete the remaining two years of the seat recently vacated by Commissioner Michele Howard. This is her first run for public office.


Learn more about Christie Minervini and her campaign by visiting


CONTACT:     Christie Minervini

The Committee to Elect Christie Minervini

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