I was very pleased to accept this nomination after my return from service to our country as a medic in the Army. I believe that my background in business, my military experience and the achievement of attaining my MBA show that I have the ability to carry out a more fiscally-sound agenda. The current plan, implemented by our Democrat-led Board of Supervisors, is an irresponsible use of dollars taken from hardworking taxpayers every year. This has led to a lack of transparency in the spending and less accountability for the taxpayers of Linn County.
I believe we need to quit handing a blank check to our elected officials. They have had free reign the last few years to spend everyone’s hard-earned money on projects that have not been in the best interest of Linn County. Also, instead of reducing the number of supervisors, we should reduce the wages of the positions; as was the intent of the referendum for change of government we should adher to the representation of more people. We need to reduce the cost yet keep the representation for all parts of the county to include the rural areas. We need to stop lining the pockets of those spending your money freely.
I have the experience in handling multimillion dollar accounts, budgetary concerns and human resource issues. With my knowledge of these areas I believe I would be the best and most qualified for this position for the county. There are many changes that need to be made so that we can save the taxpayers money and show where the money is being used, along with promoting business growth. This is essential for the future of the county and to progress and make this the best county in Iowa. There is no reason that Linn County should ever run at a fiscal deficit being one of the three largest monetarily funded counties in Iowa.
Furthermore, it is crucial that we step up as a whole and instead of Cedar Rapids and Linn County being the hub for other large cities in the area we should be the destination. We should be the place that everyone comes to instead of going from. More business growth in both the private and commercial sectors will bring more money into the county for development in not only the metro areas but the rural areas as well. With the availability of more funds to be allocated we can add to the great county with better roads, more money for parks, and the ability to work on transportation as a whole.
• Adam Jensen grew up in Cedar Rapids and was a 2001 Graduate of Xavier High School. He holds a B.A. in Biology with a minor in Biochemistry from Augustana College, 2005 and a MBA from UMUC Maryland, May 2016. He was honorably discharged from the Army in 2014 and is currently the 2nd and 3rd shift Materials Supervisor for KraftHeinz in Cedar Rapids. l Comments: firstname.lastname@example.org