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Dakota 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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    Laurie Halverson

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    Janine Hudson

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 Website http://LaurieHalverson.org
Campaign Twitter Handle @LaurieHalverson
Campaign Mailing Address 665 BROCKTON CURVE
EAGAN, MN 55123
Dakota County touches the lives of residents in myriad ways—from popular amenities like parks and libraries, to providing services of people with disabilities, to leading public safety. The county provides essential services for our communities, while maintaining a fiscally-responsible approach that includes low taxes and zero debt. Highlights of my work and policy priorities include: 1) Improving mental health access and outcomes, 2) investing in transportation infrastructure including improving bike and pedestrian safety by expanding greenways and improving crossings, and 3) increasing the availability of affordably housing to meet the needs in our communities.
People need access to quality, affordable housing that meets the diverse needs of residents—from single workers to young families to retirees. I’m committed to increasing options for workforce housing, building family townhomes and offering senior living options that include onsite support services. We must also find innovative housing solutions to address needs of veterans, assist in transitions for first-time homeowners, and provide access to support services such as financial counseling.
The right to vote is one of the most hard-fought and precious rights that we carry as Americans, but this right is under attack by misinformation and attempts by some to limit access to the ballot. I will work to protect this right for all eligible voters and I will support policies that ensure that we maintain the security and integrity that are the hallmarks of elections in Minnesota.
I am advocating for wholistic approaches to serve people along the entire continuum of mental health care—such as addressing acute crises by increasing staff, facilities and resources, and partnering with local law enforcement agencies to assist in mental health calls. I am working to improve access to both acute and on-going services by advocating for a new mental health facility to provide crisis intervention, residential treatment and community-based services for individuals and families.
Essential services such as direct care and treatment, senior supports, visiting home nurses, and mental health services are vital for the health and well-being of our communities. These are also services that, when provided with a thoughtful and wholistic approach, can prevent more costly interventions down the road. It is also important that we ensure that we can attract and retrain the best employees to be able to carry out this vital work.
Facebook (Full URL) http://facebook.com/votejanine
Campaign Twitter Handle @@votejanine
Campaign Mailing Address 4445 LAKESHORE TER
EAGAN, MN 55122
Dakota County needs to stop its union busting policies. Social workers need to be in-house and not outsourced. The current policy decreases pay and benefits for social workers and reduces the quality of the services clients receive. A client should not have to wait over a year to get an AHRMS worker, which provides mental health services and support. More affordable housing for both seniors and families is vital. We need job training counselors for our residents to not only find jobs, but also have careers to support their families.
Dakota county needs to build and maintain more affordable housing. It is cheaper to find housing for a family than to keep them in a homeless shelter. Having a safe and stable place to live can improve education outcomes for children.
Minnesota has a wonderful election process. I have been an election judge for many years. Minnesota needs to keep early voting and mail in ballots to allow all citizens the right and opportunity to vote. I would support Dakota County having rank choice voting. The more choices citizens have the more diverse our elected officials can be.
I have worked in a social service system for over 25 years. Dakota County outsources many of its social worker positions. This needs to stop NOW. The waiting list for an ARMHS worker should not be over a year. As a former mental health technician and case manager, I understand what needs to be done to assist clients now. Clients need job counselors, ARMHS workers and skills workers to help them be all they can be.
Social services. Social services can make or break a community. Other essential services that I would advocate to preserve would be the roads, public works and safety.