Dear Neighbors:    

My name is Lora Walker and I have the distinct honor of representing you, District 1 residents, on the County Board of Commissioners. Thank you for your support in previous elections.

For the past 17 years I have lived in Lent Township with my husband Chris, 21‐year‐old son Shelby, and our many pets. Chris is an auto body repair professional specializing in custom/graphic painting and has built nostalgic street rods and rat rods as a hobby.  We are lifetime members of the Minnesota Street Rod Association.  Chris won the 2013 Rat.Hard Build-Off/Drive-Off competition.  It required a rat rod to be built in 30 days for no more than $3,000, and driven from St. Louis, MO to Memphis TN, to Alexandria LA.  As winner, his rat rod was featured on the cover of both Rat Rod and Ride Hard magazines.   Our son Shelby, a 2011 graduate of North Branch High School, completed his CompTIA A+ Certification and is currently studying Machine Tool Technology at Dunwoody College of Technology where he was on the Dean's List.


I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Service Administration from Metropolitan State University and studied toward a Masters in Public Administration. I have 24 years of combined experience working, and serving, in County governments, along with mentoring other leaders with Public Policy Initiatives. My personal interests involve volunteering through Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.


I have served on the County Board for eight of the past 12 years. My leadership skills include serving on the budget committee and labor negotiations. I was elected by my peers and served in 2004, 2010, and 2014 as Vice‐Chair, and as Chair of the Board in 2011. My endorsements included:  Independence Party, Teamsters D.R.I.V.E., and St. Croix Valley Regional Labor Federation.   I understand the impact of taxes on families and businesses and the importance of government spending within its means, and have worked hard toward that goal.

 

My past votes show where I stand on issues:

Led the way with ZERO percent county levy increases six years in a row!

Decreased the tax levy the past two years!

Fortified conservative fiscal management resulting in our county bond rating being upgraded twice in recent years, saving many thousands of dollars in bond interest payments.

Collaborated with State and Federal legislators to realize the addition of a bridge on Co. Rd. 17 and the replacement of the Hwy. 95 bridge over I‐35.

Improved many County roads including the Co. 30/Hwy 95 intersection in North Branch.

Supported local businesses and brought additional businesses to Chisago County resulting in over 500 new skilled jobs county‐wide in recent years.

Against unnecessary taxpayer spending to build a new jail facility, especially during an economic downturn. I support a referendum vote by the people.

Against the power plant that continues to significantly impact property values.

Supported fiscal policies that cut waste, prioritized needs, and fulfilled State and Federal mandates.

 

I filed for re‐election to continue serving you while assuring County services can be provided in a most cost effective manner. If you have any questions or comments, please call me at 651‐462‐2268.

 

Best regards,    

Lora Walker  

Representing Chisago County District 1

North Branch C, Chisago City, Lent Township, and North Chisago Lakes Township

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