Crow Wing County Board District 5: Kris Hasskamp
Name: Kris Hasskamp
Residence: Rabbit Lake (Rabbit Lake Township)
Employer: Independent consultant and C-I Schools (Youth in Government)
Past Offices: District 12A state representative (1989-2001)
What are your county’s biggest challenges and what will you do to meet those challenges?
Accelerating population growth, increasing tensions between developers and residents (who cherish our natural resources and quality of life) and the need to be more directly involved in attracting compatible decent paying jobs.
This is especially challenging when citizens report they feel left out of the “behind the scenes” decision-making process.
I will use my extensive knowledge, expertise and bipartisan influence to leverage legislative and administrative action critical to Crow Wing County (especially public safety, transportation, social services funding and tax policy). As a legislator, I actively worked to bring hundreds of jobs by assisting business and industry, while making sure the public was heard and their interest’s protected.
How would you balance conflicts between encouraging businesses and preserving the county’s natural resources?
Balancing competing interests is by far the greatest challenge and responsibility. My training as mediator, will greatly aid my finding reasonable and acceptable solutions; protecting and preserving our assets (natural resources and waters).
Keeping and creating jobs are critical, so I would commit enough time to assist with that effort. I have that experience during my years as state representative, working with community leaders and business recruitment community. I will also bring all interested and impacted parties into the process and make sure our lakes and natural resources are not put at risk or undermine our quality of life.
Are there any specific programs you would cut or eliminate?
Far too often candidates promise to lower taxes; but provide more services; which does attract some voters; but in my 12 years of state elective office, I know that making those promises is not only premature; but is irresponsible and even deceptive.
I cannot predetermine what the county will need after elected, until I’m provided all the facts, talked to those impacted and provided for extensive public input. My legislative experience has provided me a unique understanding of the need to modify and prioritize services and funding; while preserving what are important services essential; while treating employees with respect and fairness.