Guest Columnists

Helping, listening and finding solutions

Ben Rogers
Ben Rogers

When you decide to run for office, it’s not for personal gain but doing all that you can to improve your community. That is why I first ran for supervisor and why I am asking for your vote and continued support. I am passionate about helping people, listening to your concerns, and seeking common sense solutions to move Linn County forward in a positive direction. I want to highlight three issues I have heard from my constituents while going door to door, sitting at their dinner tables and listening to the issues that are important for District 3: fiscal discipline, improving quality of life and transforming Linn County government to run more effectively and efficiently.

My full-time focus and top priority is ensuring your taxes are used effectively, efficiently and appropriately. I am proud that your county tax rates are lower today than when I was first elected. This has been achieved by understanding the complexity of the County’s $105 million budget, holding department heads and elected officials accountable to stay within their budgets, reviewing every line item of every budget, and identifying and eliminating waste and inefficiencies. I will continue to demonstrate fiscal discipline and sound judgment to ensure your hard-earned tax dollars are used efficiently and that Linn County maintains its AAA bond rating — the highest bond rating possible — by Moody’s Investors Service.

As a husband and father of two small children, living in a community with a high quality of life is important to me. That is why I have worked hard to strengthen programs for people with mental health challenges and disabilities and why I championed the successful effort to raise the minimum wage in Linn County. For a community to thrive economically, it must have quality of life initiatives that benefit all members of the community. I am a passionate advocate on behalf of people with mental health issues and disabilities and I will continue to strengthen the safety net that helps residents achieve greater levels of independence and a higher quality of life.

Lastly, having worked in the private sector before being elected your Linn County Supervisor, I understand the importance of using business practices to change how government works. That is why I am leading the effort to transform Linn County government to become more efficient, improve customer satisfaction, listen to our customers to improve how we serve you, use data and metrics to measure our effectiveness, streamline services, invest in technology and to improve your experiences with county government. Linn County is the only county in Iowa undertaking this level of transformation toward efficiency and Linn County is putting you — our customers — at the heart of everything we do.

It has been an honor representing you as your Linn County Supervisor and I humbly ask for your vote on Election Day or by voting early with an absentee ballot. My full time focus will be continuing to make Linn County a better place to live, work and raise a family.

• More information:; (319) 573-8295;; Twitter: @benrrogers



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