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Otter Tail County Commissioner District 3

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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    Kurt A. Mortenson
    (NP)

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    Bradley Sunde
    (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)

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As a “RESTORER”, my # 1 priority is to restore openness, discussion, transparency and a record of such discussions which will go a long way towards rebuilding the community’s trust in local leadership. Now, rebuild the concept of representative government that is actually open and accountable to our positions. I know that there are “hot” items to discuss that we would all like to avoid (imminent domain comes to mind), but we need to have all sides heard or we become little more than big government. The 2nd issue that has been shielded by this lack of transparency is the PPHA and the “big build” plans. There are too many fingers controlling our county from outside. And finally, to review the budget and prioritize essential services & roads.
Affordable housing is an odd phrase; what really is “affordable housing”? Real, red blooded Americans can figure out their housing on their own. They may want an apartment, a house in town, a rural setting or a lake. That is their decision which they will make if they want to live here. EVERYONE would want to live here if there were good jobs and less taxes! So let’s develop the job market. Putting the emphasis on housing is backwards.
For (200+) years secure elections were a manageable situation. Voting machines and busing have been abused. I am in favor of 1 ballot and 1 vote. Our community should be very easy to watch and to have family and friends work with the disadvantaged to get them the access needed. Now if that is abused, there should be heavy penalties assessed.
Mental health and social services in OTC are probably better than most places (not saying there isn’t a need) because this community is the most socially minded that I have seen from RTC days, to home groups, to foster care, to adoptions, to elderly facilities, etc. These reflect the “heart” of the community. The greatest weaknesses are drugs, depression, and lack of hope in people’s lives. This cannot all be done with money and county services. The churches and community need to step up more.
The most essential county services to preserve are regarding safety and order. That would highlight the Sheriff’s Department, Emergency Management, and Public health to be the most critical.