Julie Braastad has announced her bid for re-election to the Anoka County Board in the upcoming 2016 election.
Braastad was first elected to the county board in 2012 to represent the residents of District 2, which encompasses Ham Lake, East Bethel, Bethel and portions of Andover and Blaine. Prior to serving on the county board she served on the Ham Lake City Council for six years and the Planning and Zoning Commission for two years.
“I’m truly honored and have thoroughly enjoyed serving the people of Anoka County. Since taking office, my highest priority has been promoting efficiency in government and keeping taxes as low as possible, while still providing essential government services. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is that our County Board has been able to reduce the county’s debt by approximately $50 million,” Braastad said.
In her first term on the County Board, Braastad has served as the chairperson of both the Public Safety Committee and the Intergovernmental & Community Relations Committee. Other committee assignments include: Finance & Capital Improvements, Human Services, Joint Law Enforcement Council, Tri-County Regional Forensic Lab, MN Extension, Workforce Development Board, Airport Committee, Metropolitan Mosquito Control District Board, Regional Railroad Authority, Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the North Metro TH 65 Corridor Coalition.
Braastad is the past Sr. Vice President and a current member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 10796 in Ham Lake. “I am very committed to supporting our veterans and am thankful for the sacrifices they have made for us,” Braastad said. She is one of the organizers of the Toys for Troops drive, and is a member of both the Ham Lake and East Bethel Chambers of Commerce.
Braastad has lived in Ham Lake for over twenty years and in Anoka County her entire life. She and her husband Rick have two adult daughters, a son-in-law and two granddaughters. Braastad is a certified paralegal and assists her husband in his electrical contracting business. They have been attending Constance Free Church for almost twenty-five years.