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Sioux County Commissioner

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    Joshua T Skavdahl
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

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?

Occupation Fourth generation Sioux County rancher from Harrison, NE.
Education Graduated from Sioux County High School and then the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a finance degree. Also studied finance at Oxford University and completed 2 internships in Washington DC (working for the Secretary of Ag and a Congressman)
Current Public Office, dates held Sioux County Commissioner 2009-present. Vice President, Board of Directors, Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO)
Past Public Office, dates held Panhandle District Representative NACO Board of Directors 2017-April 2019. 2nd Vice President NACO Board April 2019-December 2019
Military experience 2 years ROTC in college
Volunteer experience Member of the Harrison Memorial Methodist Church and serve as a trustee; serves with the Harrison Volunteer Fire Department and as secretary of the VFW Auxiliary.
Address 961 River Road Harrison, NE 69346
Marital Status I have been married to LeAnne Skavdahl for 19 years. We have three children.
Age 49
Sioux County is largely a farming and ranching county. My priorities include maintaining a good infrastructure to get our products to market, and also to maintain good access to the state and federal parks in our area. I would also continue to support and work with the Northwestern Tourism Board to promote Sioux County as a tourist destination which would result in bringing revenue into our community.
In the case of an extreme weather event I would first assess the situation and decide whether or not it was necessary to declare an emergency. Then we would focus on making sure roads were open for the people with health issues or concerns to ensure they had access to proper health care. My next priority would be to ensure that the mail routes were open and running effectively to ensure vital prescription medicines could be delivered through the United States Postal Service, and finally, to ensure the rest of the roads be in a safe condition to allow for community members to go about their business and normal activities.
My top three priorities are keeping property taxes reasonably low, providing essential services to the constituents of Sioux County, and improving and maintaining our road systems.
I have served as Sioux County Commissioner for the past 12 years. I have leadership experience and training at the local and State levels. I have been active in the Nebraska Association of County Officials, first at Panhandle District meetings and then as the Panhandle District Representative for NACO since 2017. I am currently serving as NACO Vice President and slated to be President of the Board of Directors in 2021. I plan to continue making a voice for the Panhandle and Western Nebraska. I first became involved in politics because I wanted to make a difference. As a commissioner I have tried to keep property taxes reasonable but still provide essential county services. Property owners in Sioux County have paid two-thirds to half the property taxes of citizens of neighboring counties over the past ten years. I am committed to keeping property taxes low and continue serving the constituents of Sioux County to the best of my abilities.