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Stearns County Commissioner District 4

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)

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    Lana Feddema
    (NP)

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    Leigh Lenzmeier
    (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 - I am committed to dignity and respect in all aspects of resident's lives including education, housing and government participation. This provides the basis for economic stability for residents now and into the future. 2-Protecting the county's natural resources and environment. We must act now to protect these resources so they will be available to future generations. 3. Supporting a strong sustainable economy. A strong economy guarantees resident's ability to support their families now and provide for their economic needs in the future.
The county should support funding to support building affordable housing units in smaller communities through grants when available; funding to assist first time homeowners in purchasing homes; education to ensure new homeowners are prepared and successful at home ownership.
As an election judge I see that Minnesota does a fairly good job of ensuring that elections are safe and secure. To remove barriers we could extend early voting so voters can put their early ballots into the machine instead of having to mail them in. Election laws are passed at the state level and I would lobby against any legislation that creates barriers to voting.
One major challenge is the stigma so many people feel about these services. Education is important in getting the message out that these services are a way to improve the lives of residents and their families. Funding is vital for those without insurance or the means to access services. If we fail residents now by not providing services they can end up needing additional services and support.
This is like Solomon asking the mothers which half of the baby they want. I think environmental services; human services; public safety; and roads and bridges would be my top priority. I've never served on the board before and I'm sure there are services I am missing that are vital but these are what come to mind. I think our county runs a pretty lean operation.
• Aging in Place – Grow a wider variety of senior care alternatives. The most expensive level of care is the nursing home, but a number of alternatives are becoming available for seniors. Recent census data shows the need. • Expanded 5G services – expanded communication alternatives benefits employment, public safety & entertainment. • Current Veteran services is a dated model & more veterans are survivors than ever before, but they need more services. There are more ways to help.
• Higher density housing has become more popular in the marketplace. Seniors and young adults find smaller well-located units a more attractive lifestyle. Environmental regulations by a blizzard of government agencies need coordination. The approval process now takes longer than actual construction.
• Well intended efforts to provide more ways to vote for a much longer time has also provided more ways to cheat. We want to believe in universal honesty, but such is not the case. Declare a one-day election day as a national holiday with the only thing that happens is the vote.
• The emphasis on security is a feature of the addition to the Mental Health Center. The stigma of mental health has lessened. People need to feel safe in public environments. More awareness of personal security will continue to grow.
• Tim Pawlenty was Governor 2003-2011. Local governments had to cut spending immediately. All road projects were cancelled. Subsequent cuts included a hiring freeze, early retirement incentives and spend down of budget reserves. This all happened in the first 90 days of 2003.