Category: Letters To The Editor
It’s late in the campaign season, and the time when mud starts flying. It’s hard to learn anything positive about what a candidate stands for, what they have done, or will do for you if they are elected. Instead, we are inundated with attack ads and false allegations from one side imploring us to vote for their favorite candidate.
I think it’s worthy to note when a candidate stands on their record and does not attack, compare, or even allude to their opponent. Since June, Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich has done just that. He has gone door to door throughout Savage nearly every day except Sundays. He has walked nearly a thousand miles up and down our streets and driveways to talk to you and me about what he has accomplished working hard to serve you as your county commissioner.
His record of accomplishment is impressive. He has worked to reduce the cost and size of government. The Scott County levy, which is usually less than a third of your property tax bill, has gone up six-tenths of a percent year annually, on average, for the last five years. That’s well below the rate of inflation.
Jon has worked hard to reduce congestion and improve the safety of our roads. He led the debate that secured the vital funding that allowed the 494/169 interchange to be built. Removal of this bottleneck helped pave the way toward Jon’s goal of attracting new business development and livable wage jobs to Scott County. In the last two years, Scott County has added $450 million in new business development and 3,500 livable wage jobs.
On Nov. 4, I encourage you to vote for Jon Ulrich as your Scott County Commissioner. He is a proven leader working hard to serve you.
Posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:57 - Category: Letters To The Editor
You can’t look at the newspaper or watch the evening news without hearing about some new or looming threat to our society. Do you ever wonder who is making plans in the event that a real danger reaches Scott County?
Our County and Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich have been working long and hard to prepare for and respond to any threat, danger, or emergency we might encounter. Jon led efforts at the state legislature testifying for our need for a regional public safety training center in Scott County, which has since become a reality. Now, every law enforcement agency, fire, or public works department in our County is able to train and prepare for any emergency that we might face.
But the work of improving our safety does not stop there. Jon Ulrich has been a leader in working to see that dangerous roads and intersections throughout our County are brought up to modern safety standards. Safety enhancements have been made on our roads throughout the County and in our community of Savage so that you and your family are protected.
Jon Ulrich has also been a strong advocate for the new Code Red warning system that alerts us in advance of an approaching severe storm or threat of any other kind. Now, we all have the ability to stay informed and not be caught off guard. We’ve also heard about threats to our society from viruses such as Ebola or H1N1. Jon Ulrich serves on the Scott County All Hazards Committee where all our health care and emergency preparedness professionals are constantly working together to prepare for any such emergencies.
This fall, I encourage you to vote for Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich. He has been a leader in working to keep our community safe.
Posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:56 - Category: Letters To The Editor
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I’d like you to know something on a personal level about our Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich. Jon is not afraid to do hard work, out of the limelight and away from the crowd. He doesn’t need compliments or applause to keep on working hard to serve you and I. Want an example? For fourteen years Jon has been making his way over to the Scott County Jail, frequently alone, to lead church services for the inmates. He often delivers a talk on the choices we make and the friends we keep. He points out that the inmates stay in jail may be like a gift that shouts out, “Stop, its never too late to turn around and change your course in life.” Jon has seen lots of course corrections over the years and that’s enough for him. Why is this important? Jon carries this same attitude of hard work and committed service into all that he does working to serve you as your County Commissioner. I couldn’t be happier with the work that he has done serving us, and I encourage you to vote to re-elect Jon Ulrich as your Scott County Commissioner.
Posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:55 - Category: Letters To The Editor
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The numbers are in and once again Scott County leads the metropolitan area with the lowest unemployment rate at just 3.3 percent. In the past two years alone, Scott County has seen 450 million dollars of new business development and the addition of 3,500 livable wage jobs. These impressive numbers would not have been possible without the improvement of our transportation infrastructure. Many of these new employers cited the construction of the interchange and removal of the congestion bottleneck at 494 & 169 as the significant reason for their deciding to locate in Scott County. It was Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich that led the debate on the Metropolitan Council Transportation Advisory Board that secured vital funding for this project, allowing it to be built. Jon believes that a congestion free highway system is essential to our ongoing success in growing the economy in our State, County and his community of Savage.
But Jon’s efforts have not ended there. Through his work on the Scott County Transportation And Economic Development Committee and First Stop Shop, he has worked to streamline and simplify the development process and develop a customer service culture that warmly greets and works with all those who are interested in locating or expanding their business in Scott County. Jon’s goal is to see that everyone in our community can find a quality job within Scott County. That’s an ambitious goal, but one he believes is well worth pursuing. Please join me in voting for Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich so that he can help keep our County moving forward.
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Posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:54 - Category: Letters To The Editor
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As the former superintendent of Three Rivers Park District, I worked closely with Scott County Commissioner Jon Ulrich for more than seven years as our two agencies developed a joint partnership to develop, operate and maintain regional parks and trails in Scott County. Jon consistently played an instrumental role in assuring that the existing regional parks would continue to thrive, while advocating for new park properties to be brought on-line within the budgets adopted by the county and the park district.
Jon served on the Joint Policy Committee that provided oversight and direction for the regional parks in Scott County, where he worked with Three Rivers’ board members to help frame the priorities for funding, sustaining and improving Cleary Lake, Murphy-Hanrehan and Cedar Lake Farm regional parks.
Jon’s leadership and dedication were never more apparent than when he spearheaded the efforts with multiple government agencies that eventually brought Spring Lake Regional Park to life for the enjoyment of residents of Scott County, Savage and the entire region.
I believe that Jon’s proven experience, dedication and leadership are strong evidence that his highest priority is serving the public, and I encourage you to allow Jon to continue serving Scott County residents by re-electing him as county commissioner.
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Posted on 16 Oct 2014, 18:52 - Category: Letters To The Editor