Aug 1, 2018
www.communitysolutionsmn.com- When we are talking about non-partisan races, we usually think about city councils, county commissions, and school boards. We often forget about the offices of sheriff, county attorney, and soil and water conservation boards. These seats are also important, because they wield great power. Yet, as little attention as we give city, county, and school elections, these races get even less. In this episode we interview Stacy Braun, who is running for Wright County Sheriff. We discuss what all is involved in running a sheriff's department (you may be surprised), and what are the biggest issues for the sheriff's department in Wright County. Most cities in Wright County don't have local police departments, so the sheriff's department is all that more vital. He talks about personal responsibility, and being innocent until proven guilty. The primary is on August 14th, 2018. Make sure you do your due diligence and vote all the way down the ticket. These races are no less important.
In the Local Lowdown, we discuss Golden Valley's attempts to to create a city-wide gun safety program. They want to follow in the footsteps of St. Louis Park and Excelsior. They would like to authorize putting their Human Rights commission on this (that's why it's imperative for you to get on local advisory commissions, including the human rights commission), but not everyone on the council agrees. It's currently 3-2, and Mayor Shep Harris is using the power of the local press to put pressure on bringing the rest of his city council into line. Things are getting a little heated down in Golden Valley. You can hear the council clips here:
Also in the Local Lowdown, Democrat candidates like Keith Ellison (running for MN Attorney General) and Margaret Anderson Kelliher (Congressional District 5) are busy gathering a lot of endorsements. The strange thing is the number of local office holders that are stepping up and putting their name on that list. I thought that that city, county, and school board offices were "nonpartisan"? Yeah... not so much. Unfortunately, many democrats at the local level tend to put party first.
Have you checked out our Spotify playlist? At the beginning of each episode Jason quotes some song lyrics that have to do with the subject matter of the podcast. Andrew never knows what they are, but now he can… and so can you! We’ve launched the Spotify playlist: “Community Solutions Music From the Podcast“! You can listen to Roundabout from Yes after listing to Episode 30 on Roundabouts… or kick back and enjoy a rocking playlist just for the thrill of it. We add a new song every week. Subscribe and enjoy!