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Washington County Commissioner District 5

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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    Michelle Clasen
    (NP)

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    Andrea Date
    (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. Safe Schools - Support school resource officers and additional public safety training for schools in a shared service agreement with Washington County Sheriff's dept. 2. Environment – Invest in renewable energy sources, solar/wind initiatives, incentives for solar roofs and gardens, spearhead curbside organics/food waste program, water conservation measures like subsidies and discounts on smart irrigation systems with rain sensors. 3. Mental Health Services - Early child and family intervention, focusing on mental health and disabilities. Partner and support schools with social workers/psychologists to help families with mental health treatment. Learn more about my campaign on my website www.michelleclasen.com
I was the Landfall City Clerk/Treasurer for the Washington County Housing Redevelopment Authority which gives me a unique lens and experience witnessing the housing needs of hardworking families that were able to have a higher quality of life because of affordable housing programs. As your county commissioner, I would support and foster partnerships for affordable housing projects including utilizing American Relief funds specifically focusing on seniors, single parents, and LGBTQ+.
As a certified municipal clerk I administered 6 election cycles for cities in Dakota, Washington & Ramsey counties. I have trained thousands of election judges and managed elections services for 35,000 voters. I care deeply about maintaining election integrity and support maintaining paper ballots as the best way to secure our election results. I will advocate for absentee/early voting convenience by adding election services to the County’s new service center in Woodbury at 494/Valley Creek.
During the pandemic, growing concerns of mental health in children and adults spread. I will focus and support early child intervention, chemical dependency, and safe temporary housing shelter. Life can bring unforeseen hardships. Finding the right services to help you is difficult. I will focus on improving “navigating through county services” to be as easy as possible, specifically in mental health services. Learn more about my plan at www.michelleclasen.com/post/mental-health
1. Public Works: Infrastructure, roads, bridges, and transportation. 2. Community Services: Chemical dependency, mental health services, child support, housing, and veteran’s services. 3. Environment, Parks and Trails, and Natural Resources Conservation.
Strong advocacy for Woodbury by ensuring county/city projects in Woodbury like Central Park/Library, Environmental Center, and annual road infrastructure improvements provide clear benefit to Woodbury residents.

Clean drinking water by removing PFAS from our water through a permanent water treatment facility and obtaining funding to cover any funding gaps that the 3M settlement funds do not cover. I will continue to advocate for treatment to the level of zero-detect and am committed to finding resources to do so.

Parks and Natural Resources access and amenities by implementing needed improvements to Lake Elmo Park Reserve and Cottage Grove Ravine Park and exploring options to develop additional park opportunities in Woodbury.
I support Planned Unit Developments that integrate a variety of housing (e.g. single-family, townhomes, apartments, senior living, income-adjusted) into the community. We also need to seek innovative solutions like grants, partnerships, and funding strategies. As Vice President of our HRA I have promoted low-interest loans for first-time homeownership. As County Commissioner I will work with the County Community Development Agency to expand affordable housing throughout all of Washington County.
I support Minnesota’s current election laws that include same-day registration and early voting. I do not believe a voter ID is necessary as voter fraud is practically non-existent in Minnesota.
I will prioritize mental health and social service funding above the state mandated minimums to ensure Washington county residents have the resources they need to thrive. I will also look to alternative solutions that help us use resources more efficiently. For example, funding to ensure dedicated social services within Public Safety helps to divert mentally ill from the criminal justice system and free up time for police to fight crime.
Services that directly impact residents such as mental health, social services, police and public safety, and the license center are of the upmost importance. If managed properly, infrastructure improvements can be stretched out. With that being said, the budget should be managed in such a way that it is predictable, incorporates a long-term view, and saves for long-term needs to minimize year-to-year budget cut discussions.