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Wright County Commissioner Dist. 5

Charlie Borrell, Woodland Township

Why are you running for Wright County Commissioner District 5?

I am a lifelong resident of Wright County, growing up on a farm in Woodland Township. My wife, Lynn, and I attend St. Mary’s Church in Waverly, and we have four children.

I am a 1973 graduate of Howard Lake High School, and hold a bachelor of science degree in business management from St. Cloud State University. I am a veteran of the US Navy, completing four years active duty and 17 years of reserve duty.

Since 1980, I have farmed in Woodland Township, as well as run a small business.

I believe that government should serve the people. We should not be a people that have to serve the government. Too often, this has been the way that our leaders have taken us.

I will do my best to reverse this trend and return the government to the people. I believe even the best of leaders tend to become part of the system after a long period of time; to this end, I promise that if elected, I will serve no more than two terms.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing the county, and what are your proposed solutions?

Increasing jobs and economic development are two of the biggest issues facing the county at this time. While these issues are a function of the larger economic situation, there is no doubt in my mind, the degree we are controlled by county government rules and regulations has increased and is adversely affecting our local economy.

Our founding fathers risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to make this country free.

We cannot continue to over-regulate the lives of people and business, without all of us facing the adverse affects.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

I do not see the problems in our county government isolated to any particular department. I believe there are savings that could be made in all of the departments.

With my background in business management, I have found that one of the best ways to find these savings is to incorporate the assistance of the employees, themselves. When good employees are asked for help, it is often surprising to hear of the savings that can be made.

I believe that my business background and experience are the biggest assets that I will bring to the county commissioner’s position.

In the past, I have served on the Woodland Town Board, as well as the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School Board. In both capacities, I have been responsive to the needs of the people I served, and have been a good steward of the position.

Dick Mattson, Buffalo

My name is Dick Mattson, and I’m running as the incumbent write-in candidate for the District 5 commissioner’s post in Wright County.

Why are you running for Wright County Commissioner District 5?

I want to continue to represent you as commissioner in District 5. I have always liked working with people, and have been in the office by 8 a.m. (schedule permitting) to assist you with your questions and concerns. I am committed to managing our tax dollars in the most efficient manner, and yet maintain the required service and infrastructure within our county.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing our county?

The economy, unemployment, and associated problems continually challenge our ability to provide the necessary goods and services required by our citizens.

I will continue to review budgets, demand cost justification for planned expenditures, cut costs where warranted, and yet meet the requirements of state and federal laws.

What specifically can we do to cut costs, and yet maintain service to taxpayers?

As stated in the previous answer, we must monitor all expenses incurred by the various departments within county government. With the second-fastest population growth rate in the state, our county government has grown to meet the needs of today’s society. Increased crime, divorce rates, drugs, and other behavior problems have increased the tax burden on our citizens. I have – and will – continue to challenge budgets and implement planning upgrades to optimize the use of our tax dollars.

As your commissioner, it is my endeavor to preserve a healthy social and working environment for Wright County for today and the generations to come. I’m counting on your write-in vote on the commissioner’s ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Leonard Wozniak, Stockholm Township

Why are you running for Wright County Commissioner District 5?

I feel my experience in agriculture, self and local business employment, local government, and planning and zoning have prepared me for this office. Having working relationships with planning and zoning, health and human services, law enforcement, and county auditor and assessor, along with the Department of Natural Resources and Wright County Soil & Water, I will be able to hit the ground running as county commissioner.

I have a passion to take on this challenge, along with the ideas that can take the county out of this recession. I can no longer sit by and see the county stagnate with the “just get by” attitude.

My goal as commissioner is to make Wright County a great place to live, work, and play.

What do you believe are the top two issues facing Wright County, and what are your proposed solutions?

We are caught in a booming economy budget in a stagnant economy cash flow.

We need to take a hard look at expenses, and services that we may need to do without at this time. Any and all ideas must be considered as the new normal is thrust upon us.

We have been fortunate that the agriculture economy has been strong and has done its share to boost tax revenue for the county, but as you have seen how the drought has hit the rest of the country, the ag sector is very fragile and can swing into red ink very fast.

Home foreclosures and lost businesses will be with us for many years yet to come.

We need to change our focus to retain and grow our businesses by promoting the jewels we do have, like good schools, safe communities, and well-designed housing districts.

Then, the county highway system must focus more toward commerce and less towards housing. This effort must be spearheaded at the top with the county commissioners.

What specifically can this unit of government do to cut costs and operate efficiently, while still maintaining service to taxpayers?

Our county sheriff recently has gone out into communities to ask citizens for their help in being the eyes and ears for the sheriff’s office to report suspicious activity. In turn, this will take the pressure off of having to hire more personnel, and make a safer county.

This would be my model to do the same for every department in county government. We first need to look within our structure, and then ask cities and townships for their input.

I know there are efficiencies that can be implemented, and we need to be open to new ideas.

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