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Beltrami 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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    John J. Carlson
    (NP)

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    Sandy Hennum
    (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)

Campaign Email jcarlson@paulbunyan.net
Campaign Mailing Address 2900 Birchmont DR NE
BEMIDJI, MN 56601
I would focus on safety, infrastructure and budget restraints. 1. Budget. Number one priority that solves most other issues. 2. Roads and infrastructure. Long range planning to keep up our roads and infrastructure ultimately leads to best use of tax dollars 3. Security. Proper funding of our sheriff’s department to ensure the public safety.
The best way to address affordability is by cutting regulations that affect housing construction. Keeping the barriers low, keeps costs of construction low which encourages more construction which ultimately leads to more affordable housing.
State and Federal legislation sets voting regulations. The County Auditor oversees the elections in the county. I don’t believe that the current voting regulations create any barriers to freedom to vote.
The biggest challenge to a county commissioner is budgeting for unfunded mandates from State and Federal regulations that must be carried out by the county.
There probably aren’t any services currently provided by the county that aren’t already considered essential. However, as a county commissioner I would investigate all services and propose eliminating any that aren’t essential to preserve those that are.
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