Since 2021

Amada Márquez Simula is the Mayor of Columbia Heights, Minnesota. She took office on January 4, 2021.

Informed. Fearless. Creative. Leadership.

Smarter spending

Everybody wants to keep our property taxes low. There are several ways we can be wiser about our money.

Easier access to services

It’s a hassle just to pay your water bill, let alone monitor the city council. There are 21st-century solutions we can leverage.

Modernized public safety

90% of police calls are not related to crime. We can explore community services that can address those needs.

Healthier spaces

City life is stressful enough. We can improve public health and the environment in simple ways.

Thriving local businesses

The economy is fragile. There are creative ways to keep companies open, and to attract new employers.

Making a Difference

Protecting the Environment

Humans need pollinators. I’ve helped Columbia Heights become a national leader in protecting this critical link in our food chain. We are recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for fulfilling the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge. I have also made No Mow May a recognized city practice.

Lawn sign that reads 'We are participating in No Mow May to help keep our pollinators from fading away.'
A girl watches caterpillars eat milkweed at a Monarch Butterfly Festival in Columbia Heights, MN.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula leads the festivities at the Columbia Heights Monarch Festival.
Kids dressed in butterfly wings do a coloring activity at the Columbia Heights Monarch Festival.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula leads the community in grieving after Brooklyn Center police killed former Columbia Heights student Daunte Wright.

Community Grieving and Healing

Our society has deep problems with racism. Solutions will take generations. I recognize this injustice, I share the outrage, and I’m committed to long-term strategies. I have created a Rapid Response Team to ensure that everyone can assemble and demonstrate safely, if needed.

Listening and Leading by Example

Representation means constantly listening to our residents. I have established regular communication with various cultural communities within our city. I have also reestablished a Youth Commission in Columbia Heights.

Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula encourages a young cancer survivor, both dressed as Wonder Woman.
Kids listen to Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula talk about protecting the environment.
Kids ask Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula questions in a school classroom.
Teens from First Lutheran Church as Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula questions at Dairy Queen in Columbia Heights, MN.
Columbia Heights mayor declares July 1 Somali American Day in the city

Celebrating our Differences

One of the best features of Columbia Heights is our diversity. I recognize our many cultures and communities through official city proclamations, and by attending celebrations and events.

Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula gets a traditional henna tattoo during the annual Art and Info fair.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula holds a proclamation declaring PRIDE Day in Columbia Heights, MN.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula poses with performers at the Columbia Heights Multicultural Festival.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula teaches a Day of the Dead traditional crafting class at the Columbia Heights Public Library.

Reconciling Our Past

Many of us were raised on a single language and a single viewpoint of history without considering our immigrant and indigenous neighbors. I am proud to include a native land acknowledgement in city proceedings. I have also corrected the signage in our city park to include the correct spelling of our Sister City, Łomianki Poland.

Łomianki Park in the City of Columbia Heights, MN had its sign corrected by Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula to reflect the true spelling of its Sister City, Łomianki Poland.
Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula inspects the construction of a new City Hall in Columbia Heights, MN.

Securing Our Future

Columbia Heights has been viewed as an old bedroom suburb, but we are actually building new spaces for both businesses and housing. The new city hall and several new apartment buildings have opened in the past year. I’m excited to continue moving forward with another large development project at the former Rainbow site. Redevelopment of a smarter and safer Central Avenue will begin in 2028.

Minnesota DFL
Minnesota DFL
Women Winning
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AFSCME Council 5 - We make Minnesota happen
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