Hubbard County Commissioner District 2
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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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)
Work with the administration and staff to develop a long term strategic plan and capital plan for Hubbard County.
Find a workable solution for Heritage Living Center that would allow the nursing home to continue in caring for its residents but would not be a tax burden for the taxpayers of Hubbard County.
Work with Hubbard County towns, cities and other entities in the county to help develop a strong economic center for jobs, housing, education and child care solutions.
We are already working towards this with the HRA and the creation of the84 units of workforce housing. We continue to explore options of meeting affordable housing needs including the multi-housing development of the 40 acres north of the workforce apartments. A grant was just received to work with the City of Park Rapids to develop a plan for the 40 acres. The HRA is also working to secure grant dollars to help area residents with owner occupied rehab so they can remodel homes already occupied.
Minnesota already has in place election laws that do not create barriers which I support. Every voter who registers and qualifies can vote on election day. Processes are in place to insure the identification and ability to vote. Absentee ballot voting is also allowed with proper identification and witnessed which allows those who cannot vote in person a way to vote. I am opposed to ballot drop boxes.
I see the biggest challenge the breakdown of the family unit. Studies show kids of broken homes have a higher percentage probability of committing crimes, drugs, and homelessness. A 'whole family' approach is being used in Hubbard County through Mahube Otwa. Instead of focusing on one member of the family they focus on assisting the whole family to lasting healthy changes moving from survive to learning how to hold a job, to managing money, to housing solutions. I find this a promising solution.
Public safety, social services, veteran services, and highway would be essential. However, instead of possibility eliminating some services I believe the board could work with each department to scale back to allow each department to continue to provide services while cutting dollars to meet the budget. We did this is 2021 when businesses and the public were reeling from the affect from covid. Each department cut back so there was a zero increase in the levy.
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