■ District 5
Nixon wants sustainable government
Deerwood City Council member Tom Nixon said Tuesday he considered running for Crow Wing County Board before people asked him to consider running for the Legislature this spring.
His bid for the Republican endorsement for House District 10B fell short when he was eliminated after the first ballot, so on Tuesday he joined four other candidates for the board’s District 5 seat.
“I’ve got my running shoes on,” he said, looking toward the Aug. 14 primary that will narrow the field down to two candidates.
When the Legislature eliminated the homestead credit he said he was disappointed in the county’s ability to explain the changes to citizens.
He also said wants to see more collaboration between cities and the county and said he thought that commissioners’ compensation could be reduced.
“I think they get paid well for the work that’s expected,” Nixon said. “I think that’s definitely worth evaluating.”
The Deerwood resident said he would like to be able to reduce county budgets and still accomplish the goals of the county by collaborating with other units of government and sharing resources and services.
In his statement he said he and his wife and five children have a vested interest in seeing a sustainable government live within its means and continue to provide necessary services. He said the sheriff’s department needs more support for training.
He serves on the Deerwood Personnel Committee and the Serpent Lake Sanitary Sewer District Board. Nixon is president and lieutenant of the Deerwood Fire Department and is a Deerwood volunteer first responder.
Nixon, 30, is a North Memorial Ambulance employee and worked part-time for Cuyuna Regional Medical Center Ambulance.
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