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.
Limiting/Reducing Big Government
The people should have the right to make decisions for themselves and be responsible for their own lives, including individual property rights and education.
Supporting Small Homebased Businesses and Cottage Industries
We have a new reality of expanded remote work, growth of homebased businesses and growth of the cottage industry. Certain conventional zoning models do not work for these ever-growing industries and trends in work. Review of planning and zoning to better address the new issues. This is part of the lesser government model.
Safety and Security
People need to feel safe in their community. We need to ensure our public safety assets are adequate and that our energy supply is secure.
Housing affordability starts with having reasonably priced materials and good jobs. All levels of government need to work towards correcting shortages in our supply lines . We can do this by creating new jobs and industry in the U.S. We can increase domestic production of raw materials and finished construction products. This will drive down the cost of home construction. This will also increase the number of good jobs which will help people to be able to afford a home.
Every vote needs to be cast by an eligible voter and counted. Integrity depends on public confidence that every vote was cast appropriately and counted accurately. Voter ID is one component to voting integrity. Provide resources for anyone to access a free ID if needed. People having an ID removes barriers to other resources needed for everyday life. We need to complete a comprehensive review of all voting machines and procedures.
Mental health services need to be expanded and improved. Improved access is a key component of meeting mental health treatment objectives. There is legislation being proposed at federal and state level to provide additional funding for these services. I will be carefully following these developments so that if elected I will know if we have additional outside funding to improve access in our county or if we need to focus on improving the assets we have.
In the event of county budget cuts I would prioritize funding for public safety , infrastructure maintenance, health and human services.
Ensuring election integrity--need to trust our system for selecting representation.
Lower taxes--the government needs to live within our means.
Infrastructure/roads--business needs ways to move products and people need to get to places to buy or work at the businesses.
We need to reduce the permitting requirements and work on solutions for land-locked land (that buildable land that could be used for development with access).
Appropriate validations and checks on the election system. We can ensure access while also protecting the integrity using the technology we have (Poll Pads could use the camera at registration with no picture ID needed).
People admitting that there is a problem accessing the care. We have continued to make this a bad stigma to seek help. We should offer this care to everyone as they go to any care (preventive care referrals). Just like everyone buys into going to the dentist every year, we should have a mental health check up every year at least.
Law enforcement, court system, health care