County commissioner, District 1 - Brian BudenskiHere is a profile on Brian Budenski, who is running for the vacant Dakota County commissioner seat in District 1, which serves the Hastings area.
Q: Give us some background information, including how long you have been a resident of Hastings, your education, job position, community service and your previous and current connection with government.
A: Age 53; graduate of Augsburg College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance, employed in real estate investment and developer, married with two children, have been a Eureka Township supervisor for six years and am the current chair of the board.
I have been a business owner and have the management experience and the ability to compromise, delegate and negotiate.
Q: What are the major issues facing Dakota County?
A: Dakota County needs an aggressive capital improvement plan to update aging suburban infrastructure and bridges. At the same time, strive for growth management within the private sector that helps provide for the county, but is not a tax. Apply for federal and state grants that help fund county-wide economic development. All these are essential ingredients for improving the business sector, which in turn will drive new opportunities and jobs.
Q: What role do you think government should have in people’s lives/businesses?
A: I feel the county must participate in optional federal and state programs if our citizens feel the need for them. We must monitor appraised property values for taxing purposes. The county must establish a plan for the review and evaluation of county services and programs, but also, let free enterprise capitalize on new ideas and job creation, without encountering government limitations and obstacles.
Q: Why are you the best candidate?
A: I am running because I know I can serve the people of Dakota County District #1. Being a large district, with cities and townships, farms and businesses, young and old, I will represent all while changing county needs based on county budget constraints and resources.