Agriculture, Ag sales and service.
BA in Secondary Education
Current Public Office, dates held
2018- Midwest Electric Board of Directors, 2012- Paxton Rural Fire Board,
2010- Paxton Farmers Elevator Board,
Past Public Office, dates held
Keith County Planning and Zoning Commission
Paxton New Life Lutheran Church Council, Keith County Community
Emergency Response Team, FCA Huddle leader,
1691 Rd East 50
Paxton, NE 69155
Married since 1996 to my beautiful wife Jill. Two Sons.
The questions posed here are coming at a time of severe economic crisis for our county and country. We are all being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. I believe our county to be most resilient and able to overcome the issues associated with our national and world wide situation. When elected, I intend to make it a top priority of the Commissioners to construct plans to do our best to save the businesses we have that are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ability to preserve the businesses we currently have will ultimately determine how we will be able to prioritize our needs for future economic development in District #1 and the rest of Keith County. When we are able to move past the economic circumstances at hand, there will be a need for more pinpointed economic development plans that must include the following: Agriculture/Ag Tech. industries, Housing, Manufacturing and Tourism.
This is something that I have spent some time learning about and working on while serving as a current member of the Keith County Community Emergency Response Team. My priorities include but are not limited to the following:
1. Provide for the immediate safety of the resident of District #1 and the whole of Keith County.
2. Ensure that our first responders and health care providers are well equipped and trained in every way possible to safely manage such an event as extreme weather. This would involve county and region wide preparedness plans, which need to have shelter and transport allowances as priorities.
3. Make certain that our area wide supply chain is prepared for disasters such as weather events and guarantee that all measures are taken to keep supplies available to those who need them.
The priorities that I list below are some that I have discussed with fellow residents over the course of the past 27 years of being a resident of Keith County’s District # 1.
Priority 1: Help to ensure that all of my constituents and their businesses are supported the best that they can be during this world wide crisis we are facing. When the COVID-19 crisis is lessened, we must work to increase the overall value of the people and resources our county has available. This would ultimately help ease the per person tax burden in District #1
Priority 2: It is my charge to be financially responsible with tax dollars to make certain that we are able to support unforeseen events that will arise in District #1.
Priority 3: Provide for a greater engagement with state offices and officials such as, Nebraska Game and Parks, NDOT, NEMA, in order to better support District #1 financially.
If we can run our local government under the COVID-19 restrictions, we can learn new normalcies to run a more efficient and effective local government. This will take changes at all levels, including the representation of District #1. I am the best candidate for District #1 Commissioner for a variety of reasons. I have served and currently serve on multiple local and regional governing boards, most of which are listed above.These appointments, as well as my occupation, have given me opportunity to work in a wide variety of unique situations. They have allowed me to network with multiple and resourceful contacts. I was an educator for 20 years and have a great deal of experience working in a public setting. I have the ability to work under stress and produce success. Having been an educator, I understand the importance of being frugal with other people’s money. Having run my own tax paying business, I understand the importance of county officials being frugal with my money.