I will work for you to make Anoka County and the cities of Blaine and Spring Lake Park the best place to raise our families, the best place to work, and one we take immense pride in calling home.
Jobs & Education
As a current small business owner I understand the stress and fear facing our small business owners and workers in our community right now. Over my vast career I have been a proven, tireless advocate for the business and education sectors. I will support post-secondary options in our community that will build jobs and grow our economy. I will continue to build relationships with our prosperous education sectors to attract workers and provide jobs for our neighbors
I built a career working for you and your families in the Public Safety Sector as your Fire Chief. In my 34 years in public safety I built relationships with the three police departments and 8 police chiefs who served our community over my tenure - I am uniquely qualified to understand the current and future challenges our community faces and I understand how to use our tax dollars effectively to best serve the community.
County roads provide the connection between residential streets and business parks to State and US highways/freeways. Our community has experienced the increased congestion occurring on our roads as a result of inadequate transportation investments. Whether a resident or business owner, time stuck in traffic is time wasted that you will never get back. It is vital that our transportation services are timely, cost effective, and focused on safety.
We really need smarter - better government and leaders who recognize they work for the community - not the other way around. It is vital that the Anoka County budget is crafted in a way that provides the services our communities need - such as libraries - while staying focused on responsible spending. As a Fire Chief, I built an organization based on this principle of Better Government. Our community’s per capita fire protection cost is one of the lowest in the nation for similar size departments and a recent citizen survey ranked our services as being the first in quality as well as being the most essential. I will bring this innovative thinking about fiscal responsibility to the Anoka County Commission!
Through my community service work I have had the chance to listen to you and your vision for the future of our community:
I HEAR YOU - I hear your frustrations and concerns about what our future holds for our economy, educational systems, safety, and health. I will draw on my experience as a globally sought after expert in my field to continue building local relationships and hear and honor your voice in the decision making process.