Address: 202 Second St. S. E. Crosby.
Occupation: Retired 3M and Hallett House Bed & Breakfast; longtime board member of the American Indian OIC, Minneapolis, representing 3M and in my third term as a board member of the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby.
Education: Crosby-Ironton graduate 1966; University of Minnesota, bachelor's degree in political science, minors in speech, education and Russian; post graduate at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, Calif.
Family: Son, Nikolas, 27, and daughter, Natalie, 25; partner of 20-plus years, Scott Berg.
Why are you running? "I have deep roots in the area and care about the people, the land and the future. I chose to become a candidate for District 5 commissioner for personal, professional and civic reasons. I have long had a personal desire to serve the public in an elected position, but until now have not had the time to commit. Professionally, the commissioner's position presents an opportunity and a challenge for which I have been preparing an entire career. Finally, I feel ready and capable of serving my community in a way that will make a meaningful difference."
Out of a field of 12 candidates, what sets you apart from the other candidates? "Leadership ability backed by education, experience, and career accomplishments sets me apart. I retired from 3M after 25 years of management assignments in customer service operations and human resources. I was responsible for the daily operations of over 1,000 people at 11 U.S. sales centers. Responsibilities included administration, technology, training and employee relations. Upon retirement, I owned and successfully operated Hallett House B&B in Deerwood. Managing our county is big business, but must be balanced with attention to detail. I bring a blend of leadership, practical business experience, common sense and the needs of the people to this job."
What do you think is the most important issue facing Crow Wing County? "Property taxes linked to increased spending! While there are several very important issues, this is my No. 1 hot button. Property values continue to appreciate which feels good until you open the property tax statement each year, and it shocks you! We must get a handle on spending and slow the tax rate increase. I promised fresh ideas in my campaign, and one of them is an across-the-board, mandatory reduction in spending countywide. We can start small! I have been a successful participant in this kind of cost reduction program and hope to initiate it if elected."
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