Transparency, Ethics, and Accountability. I believe without these three things then our county board cannot fully serve Anoka County in a manner that the people within this county should be served. To be more transparent, the county board should be working more with other city officials on projects being proposed. I will also fight for the people in Anoka County to be able to speak and ask questions at the regular board meetings
The county can jumpstart affordable housing production by treating Anoka County housing shortage with the same urgency as other crisis that Anoka County deals with. This includes creating targeted working groups charged with tackling logistical and policy challenges within a set period.
Supporting & enforcing & protecting the Freedom Act. The bill declares that the right of a U.S. citizen to vote in any election for federal office shall not be denied or abridged because that individual has been convicted of a criminal offense unless, at the time of the election, such individual is serving a felony sentence. I would support Increased access to vote by mail, Expanded early voting, & State emergency planning which establish & publicize contingency plans to enable American to vote.
A candid discussion must be had with people who specializes in mental health so that we can come up with more affordable programs for people who have mental health problems. Mental health is very important to me, and something I would fight for.
1. Mental health programs 2. Job placement services provided by the county. 3. County help with housing.
The three top priorities I will be working on for Anoka County are; Transportation, Economic Development and Broadband connectivity. (1) With Highway 10 being fully funded, it is critical we finish this project while managing construction impacts and mitigating congestion. Highway 47 BNSF overpass will start in 2024 and must be built to meet our needs going into the future. (2) Economic development, jobs and workforce have responded favorably to Anoka County's competitive tax rates. Controlling spending and reducing debt will contribute to increased opportunities. (3) Post Covid, internet connectivity is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Broadband connectivity will be essential to success.
Anoka County continues to partner with our cities to provide Housing and Redevelopment dollars for affordable housing options. Additionally, we are one of the few counties that allocate Federal Community Development Block grants to nonprofit partnerships, such as Habitat for Humanity, that specialize in affordable housing options.
Anoka County is not responsible for the creation of election laws, but as the arm of the state, we must follow state rules and regulations as it relates to ensuring safe and secure elections. Anoka County notoriously has much higher election turnout rates than neighboring counties, as our residents believe in the civic duty of voting. Our elections department is staffed with highly talented staff that effectively and efficiently process absentee and same day votes, and audit the results.
Incarceration of those suffering from mental health has become increasingly challenging to find solutions for. Significant reform needs to be done at the state level in conjunction with the courts to understand the complexities of mental health challenges and the impacts it has on county services. Lobbying efforts are underway to pilot a modified form of incarceration that deals with and treats the underlying cause of mental illness.
In 2022, Anoka County underwent a zero-based budgeting exercise that evaluated every department and justified every expenditure. Today's levy rate is equivalent to 2010 levels, indicating that despite increases in the cost to provide government services, economies of scale have been found and implemented. Budget savings may be found moving forward, but not at the expense of current county services.