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Anoka County Commissioner District 7

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    Mandy Meisner
    (NP)

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    Joseph Sturdevant
    (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)

Campaign Website http://www.VoteMandy.com
Campaign Email Mandy@VoteMandy.com
Campaign Mailing Address 7836 ALDEN WAY NE
FRIDLEY, MN 55432
Some of my top priorities for Anoka County are to support and develop solutions around our workforce crisis, public safety and forwarding mental health and addiction initiatives.

In every sector, there are not enough people to fill jobs. I serve on the Workforce Development Board, where we are dedicated to building pathways to new or better employment opportunities and fill the pipelines for all sectors.

Mental Health and addiction issues have only grown worse since the pandemic. We must keep pushing forward. What is being piloted right now is embedded social workers within the Columbia Heights Police Department and the data around that is impressive. This is just one example we could adopt throughout the entire county.
In District 7, we have some of the last affordable housing options available for families — manufactured home communities. I make sure I am connected with residents and support their challenges around remaining whole, healthy communities. I am engaged with several local chambers of commerce and jump at every opportunity to have a conversation with local property owners to encourage more partnerships. I support investing in our four senior housing facilities to keep them up and running.
As Chair of Property Records and Taxation, Elections falls under this department. Minnesota has some of the most secure protocols for elections in the country. Every step has checks and balances to ensure that every vote counts.

There is a national movement questioning our elections security and my job is to listen to the community. I am working closely with this group by sharing their commentary in full board meetings so that it goes on record and am meeting with them regulary.
I have been an advocate for mental health long before I became a Commissioner.

The anxiety of health, work and housing issues over the last few years have taken a toll. I serve on the Human Services Committee, and staff is working very hard to meet the demands as we emerge from the pandemic. The county has had a 300% increase in economic assistance applications.

I will work with the new legislation to advocate for modernized data systems and make sure the applicatiion is accute.
District 7 (Fridley, Columbia Heights and Hilltop) is a state recognized underserved community. I will not sacrifice any essential services for my community.

Budget cuts will need to come from other areas where we can be efficient.
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