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Mille Lacs 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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    Dan Whitcomb

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    Timothy Wilhelm

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)

Campaign Email DanWhitcomb62@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 8082 33RD ST
First, Commissioner involvement. Presently, there are 32 committee that commissioners are involved. presently 24 of these committees’ assignments are attended by only one commissioner, The incumbent commissioner is not doing his job, misses meeting and attends very few committees meeting. Second, stop all the law suits against the Mille lacs band of Ojibwe, these law suits are frivolous and costing the taxpayers of Mille Lacs County unnecessary expense. Third, since 2012, the Commissioners have instituted, a County Sales tax, two wheelage taxes, and most recently for 2023 a proposed a 24 percent increase in local property taxes. My goal is to review, access, then get control of county expenditures and reduce these repressive taxes.
Housing affordability, is building costs, land value, building code regulations costs, and property taxes and insurability. The county has responsibility for building regulations, taxes and insurability related to public safety. By controlling government service to be well-managed, efficient and not implementing over restrictive building codes or land policies, affordable can be maintained. Also, we can politically encourage more state and federal first home buyer programs. We can enhance home
I believe Minnesota should have a voter Identification policy to register and to vote. Also, extreme efforts should be made by elections officials and political parties to have adequate election judges present at the election sites and involved in the entire process of the ballot counting and verification process. All polling places should be well advertised by the County auditor, and freely accessible to all voters.
The biggest challenge is to have enough mental and social service providers in the county or approximate areas that county citizens can have access when need. Presently, the county does not have enough daycare providers or foster homes.

My experience when it comes to budget cuts, as a previous mayor, schoolboard member and County commissioner is that all areas of government must share the pain of financial responsibility when necessary. Individual department heads should know their budgets and expenses well, commissioners must be involved with all groups and shareholders and make well informed decision for program reductions. Based on quality information, this is why commissioners must make committee meeting and be involved.
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