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Chisago County Commissioner District 5 (Special Election)

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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    Dan Dahlberg

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    Cindy Erickson

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)

Property taxes is our biggest issue. Many areas in our part of the county have been hit hard and the economy is tight; we need to find a balance to keep people in their homes. Secondly, we’ve had an internet issue in some areas of our district for far too long. In today’s world with many people working remotely and computers being a way many people stay connected with family and friends, reliable internet services need to be available. Lastly, managing our growth is extremely important. Being organized and calculated is critical so we have the right infrastructure to handle new development. We want to grow but need to be prepared for what comes with it. It’s also important to be calculated with growth so we keep our rural feel.
Managing our property taxes effectively will be the biggest factor in addressing affordability of housing
There are a lot of people who sacrificed everything to give us the right to vote. It’s our responsibility to educate ourselves on what aligns with our values. It’s important that every voter take their right to vote seriously by doing the research before election day. Accuracy is also extremely important to make sure everyone feels like their vote counts.
The healthcare system is overwhelmed. We need to have enough trained professionals in the area of mental health who can support the needs of our local residents dealing with mental health issues. Taking the time to understand those residents in our community who are struggling and be opened-minded about how we can support them benefits all of us. We need the right systems in place to help people on an ongoing basis so they get the help they need before their issues become catastrophic.
There are things essential to our infrastructure that must get done, such as plowing and making sure roads are functional. These need to be our top priority. Any budget cut is going to cause pain to someone - our goal is to minimize that as much as possible. My goal is to serve as your commissioner like I have as the Rush City Mayor – by listening to the needs of the people, educating myself and being involved so we can make the best decisions possible in partnership with other local officials.
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I feel strongly that property taxes are rising so quickly in this county that we need to address that as priority one. I know the board has worked to keep the actual levy amount down but they have raised the property value up so high it increasing peoples tax amount by 30 to 40% in a year. That increase hits seniors hard and I fear we will be pricing them right out of their homes. My second priority is roads in the 5th district. We are one fifth of the county but we have almost 50% of the county roads in the county. It has to be a priority to work hard with the county board to have funds for maintaining and making our roads safer in this district. Bringing new businesses into the county and creating new jobs is also a top priority.
Many young people are missing out on the American dream of owning their own home. There is a shortage of homes to begin with and that can be addressed by incentivizing builders of affordable middle class homes. Pre cut or prefab houses that are built in factories and assembled on site are cost effective way to supply new homes. We need to be able to expand zoning and building code flexibility to allow pre-fab or pre cut homes along with other options for first time homebuyers.
I believe that safe and secure elections are essential to our democracy, and the right to vote is a right that should never be infringed on. I believe the paper ballots are the most secure way to vote. We need to have our polling places staffed with trained personnel. Mail in voting must be kept to rigorous standards and all votes verified.
Some challenges to mental health in our county would include a shortage of providers especially for the lower income adults and children, the stigma attached to mental health issues and a lack of resources to fund health services. Some of these issues need to be addressed on a much higher level but at the county level we could work on more community-based interventions, and catching and addressing problems in their early stages especially with children. Work on public awareness is also vital.
Budget cuts are never easy and are almost always painful. There are mandated responsibilities that the county must provide. If it is necessary to make budget cuts, I would want to make sure that keeping our citizens safe was at the forefront of all my thinking. Keeping people safe in the homes, health and on the streets is vital. That is what I will always advocate to preserve.