About

As a resident for more than 50 years, a public official since 1999, and a former small business owner I have a solid foundation and range of experience. My tenacious approach to solving problems involves doing my homework and being open to a variety of solutions. I have a deep working knowledge of government and always strive to improve service, transparency, and efficiency. Building consensus and partnerships with State and City leaders is a key to success. My years of building relationships provides the foundation for effective leadership resulting in innovative solutions to today’s challenges.

 

Lakeville has benefited from having a strong voice on the Board. Expansion of the Heritage Library and the upgrades of County Road 50, 70, and Dodd Boulevard are examples of recent County improvements. The expansion of Highway 70 has resulted in safer access to Lakeville South High School and tens of millions of dollars in expanded Airlake tax base.

 

I know how to get things done and spend the time to find solutions that will benefit the residents and business owners of Lakeville. There is always a path to success if you are willing to do the work. I am running for re-election to continue to lead with policies that support public safety, fiscal restraint, and healthy communities.

 

Relevant Experience

 

Dakota County Commissioner since 2015, Chair 2021, Transportation Advisory Board 2020-2022, Co-chair Shelter Working Group, Vermillion Watershed Board member, Metropolitan Mosquito Board, Metropolitan Emergency Services Board, Dakota County Communications Center Board

 

Twin Cities Business Top 100 People to Watch 2021, Chair, Governor’s Met Council Governance Reform Blue Ribbon Committee 2020

 

  • State Representative 1999-2014, Chaired Ways and Means, Transportation Finance and Civil Law committees

  • Lakeville City Council 1996-1998

  • Planning Commission 1989-1995

 

Lakeville Chamber of Commerce member since 1995, Former member of Friends of the Lakeville Arts Center, Friends of the Heritage Library, and Co-Chair of the Land of Amazement Community Playground

 

Priorities

  • Continued Support for Public Safety, Fiscal Restraint, and Expanded Mental Health Services

  • Dakota County lead the way with the SMART center regional training facility for Law Enforcement and improved safety in our jail. We have also provided funding for Veterans Courts, Eviction prevention and Drug Courts.

  • Dakota County is debt free and has the lowest per capita property tax levy in Minnesota. This is possible due the professional staff that seek the most cost-effective solutions to serving the public.

  • Investing in expanded emergency response teams, social workers working with Lakeville police officers, and a 24/7 emergency mental health center.