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Wright County Commissioner - Dist. 5

Two people have filed for the position of Wright County Commissioner in District 5.

Dick Mattson

Why are you running for Wright County Commissioner?

Being in transportation most of my life; roads, bridges and safety were a priority to me, such as overlays and reclaimed overlays, and the number of new bridges and projects, such as the intersection of State Highway 12 and County Road 100 at the Dassel-Cokato Schools.

Working with the cities in District 5, such as County Road 3 and 153 through Cokato, was a large undertaking with the county and the city. Other important projects, including County Road 6 in Howard Lake and County Road 12 north of Montrose toward Buffalo, are a large undertaking and will be completed by 2011.

My work as Wright County Commissioner of District 5 for the past 17 years has been the most enjoyable time of my life, and at this time I am running for one more term to finish major projects, such as rebuilding County Road 3 south of Cokato to the McLeod County line. This will be done in 2012.

The Crow River bridge in French Lake Township, section 35 and County Road 35 – the wood bridge structure is to be replaced. The bridge is still safe, but will need replacing, and will also have a wide bridge for farm machinery and wide loads. This is future work.

Our continuing work of lighting of rural intersections for the safety of the people of Wright County is one of our great projects and has been seen by many other counties around the state. They are following the work of Wright County. You will notice some of the new solar lighting that detects motorists from each way and warns of crossing traffic – these three intersections are in District 5 and are life-saving measures for all citizens of Wright County.

What do you think are two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

As always, the budget process was started in August and we have always watched the requests for projects and needs from all of our departments. We work very well with all of our departments, and they have always come through with tight budgets.

Our auditor/treasurer, Bob Hiivala is always working with the county board with good, wise decisions on investments, therefore keeping Wright County in good standings with our budgets.

Why should you be elected?

In my 17 years as Wright County Commissioner for District 5, I have always kept the residents of District 5 and Wright County in the forefront, and have always kept a conservative outlook in all our decision made by the Wright County Board and will continue to work for my constituents as I have in the past.

Also, during the years, I have always made it a point to be at my office by 8 a.m., as 80 percent of my calls are between 8 and 9 a.m. I can always be contacted at this office, (763) 682-7685. Leave a message, as I am involved with 17 committees, and therefore may be out of my office at times.

Thank you for your time reading this.

Leonard Wozniak

Why are you running for Wright County Commissioner?

I have always been passionate about being active in local government and enjoy helping people.

Wright County has taken a serious blow in this recession, and I, and many other citizens, feel the county board is taking a “wait and see” attitude that is not acceptable.

I feel I must take that passion to the next level as county commissioner, where I can take my experience and genuine concern to make Wright County a great place to live, work, and play.

What do you think are the two major issues at this time, and what do you propose to do about them?

1. The county has been hit by the failing economy especially hard with lost jobs, lost businesses, and home foreclosures. We cannot be content to wait and see what happens next. Also, we cannot be isolated in our thinking that this problem can be resolved without a unified effort throughout all units of government in Wright County.

I know that in order for the county to get out of this recession, we need to be innovative, resourceful, and open to any ideas that may bring relief to citizens of Wright County.

We need to get our property taxes down to reflect the reality of this economy, to let businesses of the whole county and the large agriculture base of District 5 thrive, and create new jobs.

2. Western Wright County highways need to continue being upgraded (and above water).

Now that housing in the county has burst its bubble, there can be a renewed effort for us to catch up on maintaining the existing infrastructure.

Why should you be elected?

I feel that with my experience of being in local government and planning and zoning for 20-plus years, I have a grasp of the needs of the county, along with the problems that come with it.

With my experience in agriculture and in the business sector, I can address them both as they’re equally important to District 5 and Wright County.

I thoroughly enjoy helping people, and serve their needs the best that I can. I feel that (customer service) has been missing in today’s government, and I can help bring it back by listening to the needs of the people.

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