Anoka County Commissioner District 2
County commissioners are the county s key policymakers. They oversee the administration of the county, set county budget, and participate in county long-range planning. County services that they oversee include a wide variety of social service and welfare programs, as well as certain public health programs. Learn more about the day in the life of a county commissioner in this video from the Association of Minnesota Counties.
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If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)
What actions would you take, if any, to address affordability of housing in your county? (500 characters)
How would you ensure election laws do not create barriers to Minnesotans’ freedom to vote while also ensuring safe and secure elections? (500 characters)
What do you see as the biggest challenges to mental health and social services in your county, and how would you address them? (500 characters)
If there were to be budget cuts during your term, what are the most essential county services that you would advocate to preserve? (500 characters)
Public Safety-We need to continue to invest in and support our law enforcement community. We must provide law enforcement with the tools, training & the compensation they need to do their jobs effectively. Julie is committed to keeping our communities safe and law abiding.
Hwy 65- We must continue the very important work that has been started on Hwy 65. As co-chair of the Hwy 65 Corridor Coalition Committee, Julie believes that Hwy 65 has been overlooked and neglected for way too long. Fiscal Responsibility- By balancing “Needs vs. Wants”, Julie has held the line on property taxes. She is committed to maximizing taxpayer value by delivering only necessary government services in the most cost-effective and sustainable manner possible.
Anoka County actually offers an expansive range and options in housing. We literally have something for everyone. By keeping taxes among the lowest in the metro area, we have created a great and affordable environment to live, work and play. Four years ago, in an effort to support cities and businesses, the county board created an Economic Development Specialist position to partner with all of our cities in their economic development process.
Since election laws are put in place by each State as directed by the Constitution, it is the responsibility of counties to ensure that the election process at the county level follows the laws of the State of Minnesota. Julie believes there must be election integrity and that without it we are doomed. She wants all legal voters to have access to voting but that we should not make it easy for bad actors to cheat.
The primary challenge facing our county and other behavioral health service providers is the explosive increase in need for services, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and mental health issues. Unfortunately, the stigma that often goes along with mental health issues and the historic workforce shortages continue to significantly contribute to the challenge. The county has implemented many procedures to eliminate as many barriers for people to access these services as possible.
I would work hard to preserve the following service areas: Public Safety (Sheriff’s Office, 911 Call Center, Community Corrections & Emergency Management), Transportation (including Roads & Bridges), Veteran Services, License & Passport Centers, Medical Examiners, Public Health, Social Services and Behavioral Health, Economic Assistance, Workforce Center, IT/Cyber-security, Libraries, Elections, Vital Records, & Parks.
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