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

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    Dale H. Anderson
    (NP)

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    Kim P. Larson
    (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)

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Campaign Email klarsonfarms@gmail.com
Campaign Mailing Address 7911 CO RD 5 NW
WILLMAR, MN 56201
The citizens of Kandiyohi County expect and deserve reputable available services, from good roads to quality resources / parks. But they also expect the County to be prudent in the efficiency of funding these services. I place the top priorities for Kandiyohi County as : ▪ An efficiency review of Kandiyohi County Departments every decade or so, should be a reasonable expectation of measuring performance. ▪ Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department should be supported with the resources they need to best serve the safety and security of all. ▪ Township government is “grassroots” government that the County should have a cohesive working relationship with. Joint planning sessions should be emphasized by the County to enhance mutual relationships.
Affordable housing is important for individuals but equally important for Kandiyohi County businesses that are attempting to attract employees that require the need to find a home that is affordable. I would, first and foremost, search out available funding support through State and Federal government grants where programs exist to address this need. I believe tax incentives can be supplemented, requiring developers to maintain a percentage of their rental units at the affordability index rate.
Voters in the County will continue to go to the polls as long as they have confidence in the system. It is imperative that elections are held responsible to be transparent, inclusive and accountable with equitable opportunities to compete in the elections. Paramount for free / fair elections is that citizens are able to register to vote. Even if voters are given the right to vote, an election is not free and fair unless they are able to cast their ballot. All barriers to vote must be displaced.
National statistics indicate that six out of ten Americans seek mental health services for themselves or someone close to them. Mental health care should be a prominent part of the County’s health care system. Also, 911 crisis calls may result in the initial involvement of our county’s sheriff department, who need, and should be supported with, the proper resources. I would promote reviews that conclude with the emphasis that proper steps in the processes of mental health assistance be followed.
It would be in no particular order that prior to potential Kandiyohi County budget cuts, I would find the following services “most essential”: ▪ Human services ▪ Sheriff Department ▪ Veterans Services ▪ Auditor/Treasure ▪ Public Works ▪ Economic Development Commission (Joint Powers) ▪ Public Resources/County Park System.