Thirty-four years ago, I was looking to lay down some roots. I had a plan to start a business, get a house, and have a family. Like many of you, Anoka County has become my home. For those decades not only have we been able to realize our dreams as a family, but we have been able to be part of an extended community of people that we love.
Anoka County government used to be known for “rolling up its sleeves, and getting work done together.” This isn’t happening anymore. Wouldn’t you agree it is time that we get back to the place where we hear from everyone again, not just those politicians who make decisions in closed meetings, or rant on social media? This is why so many of you are asking me to run for County Commissioner.
Here is how I work- Good Decisions come from:
1. Talking openly about the issue
2. Collecting diverse opinions
3. Arriving at the best solution
I keep hearing that you want common sense and that the county needs forward thinking leadership. Anoka County is far more complex than just one issue, and honestly none of it is partisan.
You deserve to have an elected official who talks about roads, about the future, about jobs and about quality of life. I speak to the residents of Anoka County that understand that common sense is what is needed in an elected official. This rather silent, larger group is aware and understands that the emotional answer isn’t always the right one.
My hope is that my time as an elected official has shown you that I am willing to always be earning your vote. By making decisions that are well thought out, are informed by good data, and are a product of discussions.
This work may not always be easy, but it has always been worth the extra effort. For your vote as Anoka County Commissioner, I promise to always strive to do what is right - not just focus on looking right.
Thanks for reading this. Thanks for your questions on how to get this right. Thanks for being ready to work together to make Anoka County your county. As it should be.