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Olmsted 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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    Karl D Johnson
    (NP)

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    Gregg Wright
    (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)

1. My priority would be to address some of the issues that surround affordable and available housing in our communities.

2.Creating a welcoming community that embraces and highlights all diverse people that call Olmstead County their home. Finding ways to connect and educate each other, we can overcome barriers and create a sense of belonging for all.

3. Impactful funding for mental health as a community initiative. Helping those who are struggling for a short time or over a long period can reduce the need for other services, or more cost intensive mental health services can be decreased if we fund impactful and innovative metal health services which in turn will contribute to a more productive school environment and work force.
agreement that would transition and create a history to assist with the eventual mortgage process. This could address some of the challenges that long term interest loans pose to some cultures and communities. by removing the high interest banking process. I understand that this may not be an avenue for everyone.   Some other avenues that could be pursued are down payment assistance as well as graduated property tax credits for homeowners.
I feel that offering city workers, who are familiar with the process should be offered paid time off to be polling officials. I would also be an advocate of creating safe, free travel to polling locations for those that need access to their polling location. Mail in Ballots would be sent out preaddressed and postage paid for return envelopes. Ultimately, creating a safe, secure environment to vote electronically would be in our best interest.
Destigmatizing mental health challenges and providing direct access, early, to children and families who are dealing with mental health episodes needs to be a focus. Educating that mental health is something to manage throughout life, just as physical health is managed, needs to be a foundation for schools, families and community work. This needs to be highlighted through our public health, schools' systems and other community health initiatives.
I would take the time to analyze the current budget, evaluate and ask for departmental feedback on things that would have the least impact on services and start with those recommendations. Safety is a priority that would need to remain at the forefront of all decisions made. Department heads have a solid understanding of their budgets, and I would work around suggestions from each of them.
• Be fiscally responsible and maintain our TripleA bond rating • Increase collaboration with housing agencies to build more affordable homes • Maintain the build the people’s faith and trust in good county government Being fiscally responsible is important because all county services, including housing for low-income people, aid to families, community health, ground water protection and public safety depend on careful budgeting and living within our means. Collaborating with for-profit and non-profit agencies provides more expertise and stretches the available county dollars. Elected officials must demonstrate good government practices and be accessible to reassure people that county government is working for them.
• I will work with for-profit and non-profit agencies to stretch the available county funds for housing • I will work with State Legislators to increase the amount of money that is available for housing • I will participate in innovation groups to employ new housing practices and strategies • I will work tirelessly with other government agencies to reduce or eliminate restrictive codes • I will use available ARPA dollars • I will work with the City to encourage them to reduce fees
Because of our aging population, early voting is needed. To make the system secure I will insist that: • A system is in place to prevent people from voting more than once • Insure that only registered voters can vote • Allow early voters to take back their ballot if they want to change their vote or believe that an unauthorized person used their ballot • Have election judges from all political parties • Have county election officials explain all voting practices and vote counting to the general
Access to crises services; Lack of psychiatrists to prescribe and manage medications; Insufficient Medicare and Medicaid funds to cover mental health treatments I will address these issues by: • Having the County contract for crises services • Working with our State and Federal Legislators to fix Mental Health Insurance problems to make sure that the County tax payers do not have to bear the full burden of costs • Work to allow Nurse Practitioners and other health professionals to help manage me
I would preserve programs that keep the county safe and assure a prosperous future which includes: Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection, Housing and Homeless services, Aid to Indigent Families with children, Public Health, Clean water protection and soil preservation, and Public Safety It is also important to preserve services to the general public that provide for a real person to answer the phones and who can help county residents find answers to their questions.