In 2018, voters in Anoka County District 7 will election a county commissioner. District 7 includes parts of Coon Rapids, Anoka, and Andover. You can read about the candidates below, or watch a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters here.
About: I was born in 1962. I Graduated from Park Center Senior High and North Hennepin Community College. When looking for a home to purchase in 1996 my wife and I found Anoka County and Coon Rapids to be an affordable and with the right amenities close to home. We watched as the Northdale shopping area evolved into its current form. We moved to our Coon Rapids home in 1996 as excited first-time home buyers. I joined our townhouse association the next year and served for 13 years on the board starting with the Treasurer position and then served 7 of those years as board President. Professionally I have worked as a Technology Specialist since the early 1980’s. The IT positions I have had have all centered around business to customer support. From energy management, payroll support, fraud investigation, publishing, then for the last 23 plus years with my current company that provides business to business insurance, risk management, and workers compensation claim management. Due to the business types I have worked for I have learned a great deal about supporting government and private business needs. I hope to become your next Anoka County Commissioner.
Important Issues: My important issues for Anoka are maintaining the jobs and prevailing wage climate that allows the workers of Anoka County the afford to live in Anoka County, increased Openness in the Governmental processes, a focus on Transportation and Land Development as Anoka County continues to grow.
Goals if Elected: Work with the fellow board members on the important issues I have listed and to help Anoka County grow on the North end and redevelop and maintain on the South end as the Metropolitan population continues to grow.
Endorsements: Anoka County DFL
Connect with Me:
Family: Married with 5 children and 9 grandchildren
Education: Graduated Blaine HS with highest honors in 1979, graduated Dunwoody College in 1982 and graduated from Anoka Technical College in 1984.
Occupation: Scott currently owns and operates a successful 60-year-old family run “old fashioned service station” Hi Ten Service and has been employed there for 47 years.
Experience: Anoka County commissioner for 6 years and currently the vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Anoka County HRA and vice chairman of the railroad authority. Scott also is the chair of the transportation committee and IT committee. He serves as vice chairman of the public safety committee and the recycling and resource solutions committee. Scott served 12 Years as Mayor Pro-Tem and Councilman at large for Coon Rapids. He served as a director on the boards for Anoka County Joint Law Enforcement Council, Coon Rapids Crime Prevention Association, First Advantage Bank, Coon Rapids Rotary Foundation, Coon Rapids Mortgage Assistance Foundation, trustee and treasurer for Epiphany Catholic Church for Father Bernard Reiser. Past President of the Coon Rapids Rotary Club and past member of the Lions Club.
Important Issues: Highway Congestion and infrastructure reinvestment are 2 of the most important issues we face in Anoka County. Public Safety and crime free neighborhoods are on the top of my list as well. It is also a priority to maintain a healthy and strong workforce while keeping the tax burden as reasonable as possible. Keeping Anoka County at the top of the list for outstanding parks and open space is worth fighting for. Enhancing our business-friendly environment for accelerated economic development by expanding broadband and infrastructure throughout the County is an important step to landing better paying jobs and higher tax paying commercial and industrial land uses. Of course, mental health in our jails is an important “front burner” issue we are wrestling with daily and is of paramount importance.
Goals if Elected: I will continue as chair of the Transportation Committee to prioritize county roads and be a strong advocate at the legislature for the completion of our Highway 10 improvements to eliminate the stop lights and bottlenecks and to make that highway safe. I will then focus on the Highway 65 corridor to eliminate its many unsafe stop lights. I will continue to create grade separated railroad crossings for better public safety access to our neighborhoods. I vow to watch the budget closely and keep property taxes low while still providing “world class” services to our taxpayers. I will continue to upgrade our facilities in Anoka County to eliminate costly deferred maintenance. I will also continue our debt reduction program that has been in place since 2012, reducing our debt load and establishing a “pay as you go” attitude.
Endorsements: None listed