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Madison County Commissioner, Dist 2

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    Eric Stinson

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If elected, what are your priorities for economic development in your county?

If elected, what would be your three highest priorities in an extreme weather event?

If elected, what would you consider to be your top three priorities? Please detail.

Why are you the best candidate for this position?

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Occupation Retired Funeral Director
Education Associate of Applied Science/Mortuary Science Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO. Norfolk Catholic High School
Volunteer experience President Norfolk Catholic School Board, President Norfolk Catholic Booster Club, President Norfolk Catholic Academic Excellence. City of Norfolk Budget Review Committee. Several other Church and school committees and activities.
Address 201 N 9th Street Norfolk, NE 68701
Marital Status Married, Debra
Age 60
The growth and development of Norfolk and Madison County brings with it a need for more housing. I will work diligently with the City of Norfolk, Madison County, and other agencies to provide more housing for the city of Norfolk and the surrounding areas. I have a very good relationship with Mike Flood who will be our next state senator and potentially the next speaker of the legislature. With this relationship we can work to make Madison Country, more attractive for businesses and individuals to locate here. Madison County has shown tremendous growth and I believe with this elected office I will provide knowledge and assets to allow further economic and demographic expansion. I will work with 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska to finish 275 from Stanton to Scribner along with other agencies on the continuation of the Industrial Highway west and south to highway 275. These improvements would provide tremendous corridors for business and industrial growth to Norfolk and Madison County.
In the event of an extreme weather event public safety would be my number 1 priority. This could be keeping residents in their homes or providing shelter locations in each community, depending on the circumstances. The next priority would be making sure that roads are clear for emergency services, ie. fire, rescue, law enforcement etc. can get where needed. Finally I would work with the public utilities to restore or maintain services to our residents. Each event will pose it's own set of circumstances, so we would need to adapt to that specific event. The three priorities I listed could apply to several different weather events, not necessarily everyone, so we would need to be flexible, prepared and adapt.
Economic development as mentioned in the first question would be on of my top priorities and some of the methods I would pursue it, along with working the the Norfolk area Chamber and promoting Madison County. Another priority would be keeping taxes as low as possible. When you are spending someone else's money, you need to account for every dollar spent. This doesn't mean eliminating necessary services, it means I will watch the budget process closely. I am like every other citizen in Madison County, I don't want to pay any more taxes than are absolutely needed. Roads would be another priority. Maintaining and improving our roads are a constant concern. The county is in the process of reconstructing Benjamin Avenue from Victory Road to Highway 35. This is one example, we also need to maintain and improve our county roads and bridges, but we need to utilize outside funds as much as possible (FEMA, State and other government programs).
I am a lifelong resident of Norfolk; I spent 17 years as a funeral director and 20 years in investments and insurance.Throughout my life I have gained a tremendous understanding of Norfolk, Madison County, and the surrounding area. I will use this understanding and knowledge to further the growth and development of Madison County. Over the past 17 years, I have worked with the county attorney's office, the sheriff's office and the county clerk's office closely and have a very good relationship with them. This will be very beneficial in ensuring a smooth transition to a new commissioner. I understand that this position will require time and preparation and I am prepared and in the position to commit to both. I would ask for your vote on May 12, 2020 if you are in district 2, and if not please encourage your friends and family to vote for me.