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. (https://www.mncounties.org/meetings_and_education/day_in_the_life_of_a_minnesota_county_commissioner.php)
1) property taxes - process disparity
2) health & human services - vulnerable adults, senior citizens, at risk youth
3) funding for smaller towns - infrastructure
Costs are driven by the housing market. I believe the county needs to take care of vulnerable adults, senior citizens and at risk youth so these groups do not fall into homelessness. I would like to see home rehabilitation for low income families, which will help neighborhoods and individuals.
I am not aware of any voter fraud in Olmsted county or MN. Voting laws are set by Federal and State statutes which must be complied with. My experience as a township election judge taught me that the checks and balances would keep the process accurate. If there are issues they are to be filed with the Secretary of State's office.
This is moving to the top of Health and Human services. We now realize how helpful our state hospitals were. Mental health issues impact housing, violence, families and individuals. Having mental health services easier to access and earlier in the problem would decrease the involvement of law enforcement or the courts.
1) law enforcement
2) infrastructure maintenance
3) health and human services
1. Strengthening our democracy at the local level - Government that is gridlocked is no government at all. Federal and State governments are gridlocked. We must solve gridlock locally with leaders skilled in compassionate conversations.
2. Thriving & inclusive communities - we can help with affordable housing and sustainable & resilient supply chains if we remove barriers for small businesses & minority owned businesses.
3. Sustainable and resilient environmental policy - Sustainable environmental policies are not the enemy of development. Rural areas lead the way in solar and wind. Rural people have long been active conservationists. I will support environmental policies that consider our land use for generations ahead of us.
1. Make space for innovation and creativity in housing development. As a government entity, help with communication and change management that supports the work of businesses and non-profits in this space.
2. Address bias in our building and zoning codes.
In our justice system, we use something called the Blackstone Principle. It says it is better to let ten guilty people go free rather than unjustly imprisoning one innocent person.
Voting is the bedrock of democracy, and study after study shows that our voting systems in the U.S. are solid. In my district, I will work to bring consensus that no laws should be created that violates any citizen's fundamental right to fully participate in our democracy.
Stigma, taboos, and ableism are the largest challenges to mental health. A healthcare system that recognizes mental health as an equally important part of health is the second largest challenge. In my role as commissioner, I would leverage incentives to disrupt in the health insurance space and encourage innovation in business in this space.
Health & Human Services and