I am pleased to announce that after much consideration, I have decided to run for the Anoka County Commissioner position representing District 2. You may recognize my name because I am currently serving my second term on the Ham Lake City Council. Ham Lake has been the leader in Anoka County in maintaining low taxes and setting precedence for limited government. It has been important to me to maintain Ham Lake’s low tax levels while still providing residents with the necessary essential services. This has come about through good planning and thinking outside of the box. I want to bring my tax reducing ideas and innovative thinking to the county level. In today’s economy, we cannot operate government as usual. Over the past year, I believe that the county board has been moving in the right direction but there is still much more work to be done. I believe that Anoka County needs to have a fiscally responsible budget. This can be achieved by prioritizing spending and without raising taxes. It is all about taking an honest look at the county’s needs versus its wants. It is possible to cut spending without cutting services. I believe in and have a passion for limited government. Bigger government is not better government. It is imperative that every program and every department within the county be operated in the most efficient manner possible. The county can focus on economic development by easing the tax burdens on businesses. Businesses need the freedom to be able to operate without being overly taxed. When this happens they will be able to expand and will also create new ventures thereby creating new and higher paying jobs. I really wish it would not have been the position of the current board to sink more money into the Northstar Commuter Rail. It doesn’t make sense to me to continue to invest in a losing situation.
I currently serve as the Ham Lake Fire Department liaison, am on the Executive Board of the North Metro Telecommunications Commission and am the Sr. Vice President of the Don Hansen VFW – Ladies Auxiliary. I have been an active member of the Ham Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for the last 15 years and am one of the organizers of the Toys for Troops drive.
You’ll find I’m an excellent listener, a hard worker and a proven conservative leader. I hope I will earn your vote for county commissioner. Follow my campaign at www.juliebraastad.com and on Julie Braastad for Anoka County Commissioner.