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Olmsted 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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    Gabe Perkins
    (NP)

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    David H. Senjem
    (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)

1. Affordable Housing-The cost to buy a new/exiting home or rental rates have skyrocketed. People are now paying close to 40% of their monthly income on housing. The threshold used to be about 25%. The situation is unacceptable.

2. Public Health/Public Safety-The Olmsted County Board is the local public health board. In addition, we have over 40,000 county residents needing public health/community assistance. Public health and public safety are interrelated. If we don’t treat mental health, our police officers jobs will get harder.

3. Safe Roads and Bridges-We need to maintain our infrastructure! Since the legislature FAILED to pass a bonding bill, it will take years to fix intersections like at US HWY 14 and County 44.
Affordable housing is a a serious challenge in Olmsted County! It has become difficult for young adults starting out, low income families and seniors to find safe affordable housing. We need more builders for affordable housing. Through public/private partnerships, we can make sure that Olmsted County is a great place to live. I would like to see a 10-15 year strategic plan on affordable housing for Olmsted County. This issue is important to both our urban and rural communities.
The Minnesota Legislature pass the election laws. The counties follow those laws as they handle elections. We have a strong history in Minnesota for high voter turnout. I will not support any law that will infringe on a persons right to vote; period!
Access to care to mental health and social services are a barrier. Not everyone has insurance and we don’t have enough mental health professionals. Health care disparities are real!!! Look at the data. It never makes sense to see we have social workers in the schools supporting kids during the school year, but when the school year ends, the kids don’t have access to care in the summer. We can find a way to make sure there is continuity of care. We can invest in more mental health resources.
The county budget should mirror it’s priorities. When times are tough, people rely more on our public health and community services. We need to be there to support our neighbors. We need to have safe neighborhoods and roads. Every govt job is important, but not critical. With my HR experience, I would recommend holding vacant staff positions, do not fill them, so we can meet our key critical needs.
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