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Carver County Commissioner District 2

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    Jay Johnson
    (NP)

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    Tom Workman
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

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)

My first priority is to make sure taxes are spent wisely as investments in the future of all people. I grew up in a financially conservative, socially liberal family. We were taught that people are responsible for their decisions and as a community we are responsible for all people. Second, climate change is real, and we are starting to feel it. The county needs to research, plan and finance infrastructure improvements which will help minimize the effects of stronger storms, flash floods and drought cycles. My third priority is to maintain and support health and human services, mental health support for law enforcement and to ensure that no actions of the county will stand between medical professionals and their patients.
Housing affordability cannot be looked at as a single issue. Housing, childcare, food, transportation, medical, educational cost are all issues that are interrelated. Carver County can increase investments in rental subsidies, add to housing staff and work with non-profits, cities, metro and state agencies to better coordinate housing assistance. The county needs to find ways to encourage cities to invest in workforce housing, to diversify our housing stock and to support all ages of people.
I have served as an election judge for several cycles. Minnesota has a solid election system that starts with voter ID being required to register to vote and for absentee voting. The number of voters who signed-in to vote are compared to the number of voter receipts and the number of ballots that go through the tabulators. The tabulators are not connected to the internet. In my experience there is a balance of judges from different parties at polling places. Voter fraud in Minnesota is rare.
I need to learn more about mental health services. I have worked with people experiencing homelessness who have underlying mental health, substance abuse or other health issues. A problem I have observed, is that housing services will find a family affordable, subsidized housing that is isolated from other services they need. This isolation inhibits their social and economic growth. One enquiry I want to make is what are the case load numbers for the staff, compared to other counties.
When there is economic hardship that causes budget cuts, the people who gets hurt the most are the people who are most dependent on government programs administered by the county. My priority will be to protect the programs that help the least among us. Another area to protect is long term climate related planning/mitigation and other long-term programs that should not be impacted by short-term problems.
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