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Washington 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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    Stan Karwoski
    (NP)

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    Julie Ohs
    (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) Budget Priorities that Improve our County’s Quality of Life for all. - Our budget investments must be focused on improving lives.

2) Superior Libraries, Parks, Natural Areas, and actions for Clean/Safe Water Resources for our Future. - These are priorities that our citizens highly value. As an example, clean water is a resource we cannot assume and must be protected for future generations.

3) Public Safety: Support County Sheriff and Attorney to reduce crime and hold criminals accountable. - People deserve to be and feel safe.
Our County has a multi-faceted approach to affordable housing at all income levels. We incent development with long-term income and rent restrictions through our allocation of locally controlled funds (CDBG, HOME, tax credits and levy). Over the past 5 years, 750 apartments and 44 homes affordable to households earning less than 60% of the Area Median Income have been built. Most recently, we dedicated $15.5 million for new workforce housing and emergency housing.
Continue supporting no-excuse absentee voting providing locations throughout the county for in-person absentee voting. Utilize paper ballots that allow post-election audits. Recruit and train quality election judges. Ensure accessible polling locations that are adequately staffed for election day voting. Communicate MN’s strong election laws to the public to counter misinformation regarding voting. Provide information to voters on hours, locations, and rules for voting to ensure easy access.
There are many challenges, including lack of access and affordability to care. To address we must ensure strong mental and community health providers, including non-profit organizations and for-profit providers. Support efforts to attract and retain care providers by increasing pay. Strengthen adult and child protection efforts and services to those with disabilities. Continue to fund co-response with social workers and law enforcement to handle mental health crisis calls.
We prepare a core functions and mandates document each year and that would guide my decisions. Would protect services to those most in need, including elderly, disabled and low-income. Would limit changes to public health, especially as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Must also ensure public safety is maintained by funding law enforcement and prosecutors. Would also work to minimize impact to those services that make county great place to live including parks and libraries.
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