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Winona 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. (https://www.mncounties.org/meetings_and_education/day_in_the_life_of_a_minnesota_county_commissioner.php)

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    Jerry Obieglo

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    Dwayne Voegeli

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)

Mental Health, the lack of space for those in crisis. In many situations families attempt to do the right thing and request assistance from a health care providers only to find out the patient does not meet the criteria and is sent home alone. Not until law enforcement gets involved does the patient get attention. With my law enforcement and Veteran Service Officer experience we can close the gap.

Drug Court and Veterans Court are very important to minimize recidivism. State and Federal grants are crucial to the survival of these two programs. Unfortunately the grants get smaller each year. I would petition to keep these programs funded.

Reorganize the Winona County Veteran Service Office as not to restrict services.
As business grow in our communities housing takes a hit. The Tax revenue is a great asset. When a developer wants to expand or come in from the outside, incentives can be offered if the developer is willing to invest in affordable housing.
Transparency is key for all sides. Representatives from concerned parties being allow to observe and take part in the process is the best solution.
Bed space for those in crisis, need more. No place for the boarder line individuals who are in denial that they have a condition that needs treatment. Family or friends attempt to convince the person they need help. The health care provider only has a snap shot of their behavior so they are released. The situation then leads to law enforcement getting involved later. Improve screening interviews before the concern gets out of hand.
Public safety, mental health, and environment.
1. FAITH. Everyone is a son and daughter of God. God bless everyone - regardless of skin color, ethnicity, nationality, and religion. To love and serve others. 2. FAMILY. To serve children and families - regardless of their size and shape. Safe communities. Safe roads and bridges. Safe drinking water. Access to good physical and mental health care. Access to education. Environmental sustainability to insure that our kids, grandkids, and great grandkids can grow up in a healthy world. 3. FREEDOM. Democracy is the best way to insure freedom and equality. There are many wonderful things about America. We have come a long way since 1776. Black lives matter. Blue lives matter. All lives matter. We still have a ways to go. We can do it.
I have been involved with homeless issues over the years. I have helped form a "Filling the Gaps Network" to address housing and food issues. We need to strengthen and expand partnerships between churches, non-profits, individuals, the private sector, and government. I have experience doing things like this. I am a "connector". Education, compassion, and joint action can solve any problem in the world
This is an incredibly important issue. Minnesota is a leader in voter safety and turnout. Other parts of the country are going backwards. We need to move forward. The attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 should be a wake up call to everyone from all parties. Democracy is a beautiful thing. But it is also a fragile thing. The John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement bill needs to be passed at the Federal level. Minnesota should continue to be a leader in voting rights and accessibility.
I have been a high school teacher for 26 years. I have seen first hand how inadequate our existing mental health services are. We need more school counselors, more mental heath care providers, more beds, and more awareness. I have worked on homeless issues in Winona. The two leading causes of homeless by far are mental health and drug addiction. Our social workers are overwhelmed with their caseloads. We need more funding for social services and more partnerships with local non-profits.
1. SAFETY. Law Enforcement and Emergency Management - including the court system and support for victims services. 2. FOOD and SHELTER. Social services for those who are most in need. 3. ROADS and BRIDGES. Our economy and community depend on good roads and bridges.