I am a conservative Republican and will be voting for Jeff Johnson as our next governor of Minnesota. Jeff is strong pro-life and will sign into law new protection for unborn children. Tim Walz, his Democratic opponent, supports abortion on demand and voted against a ban on taxpayers funding for abortion. Walz supports killing a baby in the mother's womb. Voting for a pro-abortion candidate, you are an accomplice to the murdering of babies. You are handing the "scalpel" to the abortion surgeon, who cuts and kills the baby, even while coming through the birth canal.
Sarah Speer is an ideal choice for the Brainerd School Board. The talents she brings to the table are many, including a multi-faceted background in business, marketing, nonprofits, and education. Sarah has a personable leadership style in which she listens with genuine interest, researches to become well-informed, creatively problem-solves, and generates enthusiasm and commitment to move forward. Sarah has a desire to support excellence in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics in our school district.
I met Scott about a year ago, we were looking for someone within the department to come on live on TALK 100 and discuss things in the community that the department was involved in, events, issues law enforcement faces here at home, and new tools they may be implementing within. I was immediately impressed by Scott's professionalism and knowledge. He has become not only a friend, but someone I support and look forward to working with for years to come. Service, Leadership, Experience, and Compassion...I believe in Scott—for you, with you.
As a college student here in Brainerd, I have seen the governor's race ensue between Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson. Having watched, I see Jeff Johnson promoting cheaper tuition for state schools, and Tim Walz promoting "free college." As a student, free education may sound enticing but at what cost? If made free for everyone how devalued and over inflated will schooling become? How different will de facto college be from high school if made free for everyone? As a young person, how will we pay for this burden in my life?
I have been in the law enforcement profession for over 30 years, starting with the Minneapolis Police Department in 1988 and in 2004 moving to Crosby to become the chief of the Crosby Police Department. I have known Capt. Scott Goddard for over 14 years. During that time, I have seen in him a man and a police officer of the highest integrity and dedication, both to his family and to his profession. He has the experience, qualities and skills needed to run the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department, hands down.
When looking for someone to vote for we choose to look for someone with proven experience, previous leadership and an impeccable track record. We have found that in Capt. Scott Goddard. We encourage all voters to visit his webpage www.goddard4sheriff.com where he has completely opened his personnel records to the public and has absolutely nothing to hide.
The position of sheriff is one of immense responsibility and requires real experience and proven leadership. My entire law enforcement career has been dedicated to serving the needs of our county. I have risen through the ranks from patrol deputy, sergeant, lieutenant and I am the current captain for the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office. I have prepared myself through training, continued education, dedication and hard work to be your sheriff and have been mentored by some of our county's best law enforcement officers and teachers right here in Crow Wing County.
In the final hours of the last legislative session, without public input, lawmakers raided an estimated $164 million from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) to pay off state bonding projects. The current 10A representative is the co-chair of the Legislative and Citizen's Committee that made this unethical decision. The state is now being sued by 34 environmental and conservation groups.
Pat Pickar is a person with integrity, honesty and respect. Working with Pat as a 911 operator for the State Patrol and also Crow Wing County, I see Pat's vision and mission to make things even better as a true leader in our communities in Crow Wing County. Pickar is engaged in community involvement, mental health and wants that grow even more. With Pat being Sheriff and Troy as chief deputy, this team will work hard to achieve that goal. Pat cares about officer safety for his co-workers, administration, and dispatchers throughout Crow Wing County. Pat is true leader.
So in a few days the elections will be over. To those of you who will come in at second place and really wanted to try and make a difference, thank you. I truly believe most of you had the right intentions. I hope you continue to believe that this country can be saved from those who are doing their best to destroy it and don't ever give up. Just maybe there will come a day. To those with the same right intentions who won, congratulations and never turn your back on your principals. I admire your courage in the face of what this country is trying to be. Don't let them win.