Nicollet 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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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)
Continue to provide efficient services to Nicollet County residents.
Provide our employees with the opportunity for growth.
Serve our residents with accountability and integrity.
The federal government defines affordable housing if the payment does not exceed 30% of a person's gross income. In St. Peter, our county seat, a 2012 housing study showed the city is a rental center, with a limited number of 2 to 4 bedroom rental units. St. Peter does offer subsidized housing for senior/disabled.
It's clear that the willingness for contractors to tackle affordable housing and the risk because of low profit margins. The housing bubble reduced overall interest
I support the work of MACO (Minnesota Association of County Officials) and AMC (Association of Minnesota Counties to monitor legislative initiatives which may act to create barriers to voting in Minnesota.
Thankfully, voters in Nicollet County and throughout Minnesota have great trust in our voting system. notably because our state enjoys the highest voter turnout in America.
This happens because of well-trained election workers who want to serve their community and our democracy.
Lack of continuum of care for children's mental health needs. Lack of inpatient chemical dependency treatment services, particularly for high needs of clients experiencing dual disorders. Lack of high intensity inpatient mental health services for children and adults. Lack of transportation for community members to get to work. Lack of transportation for non-emergency medical needs.
In my 24 years on the County Board, we have faced ebbs and flows in budget considerations. We have always worked to make sure that all vital services remain viable,especially in Health and Human Services, upkeep of our roads and bridges, law enforcement and legal representation for county residents, and so much more. The truth is, County government serves citizens in so many ways, I can't think of any County services that we would want to lose.
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