I have been in public service for 25 years in Linn County, and have considered it my honor and privilege to serve. I have spent 17 years in city government, as Palo’s mayor and city council member, and eight years as supervisor. It is clear to me that being part of the decisions that affect people’s lives has become a part of who I am.
I have the opportunity to get to know our citizens and what is important to them. I visit one-on-one with anyone who calls or visits my office, usually with an issue they have. I see it as my responsibility to listen, find a solution, and perhaps make a difference.
I visit with the mayors and officials of the villages and cities that dot the landscape around the metro area to understand what’s important to them, and work to create partnerships so that their needs are recognized by the county, and so we can tackle important issues as a team.
I have accomplished the following in eight years as supervisor:
• I have worked to improve our rural roads and make them safer, by supporting the improvement of our processes for dust control, and placing signage control on previously uncontrolled rural intersections.
• I continue to promote sound fiscal practices by ensuring the county lives within its means and is an outstanding steward of the public trust. I continue to develop and enhance relationships with department managers and elected officials as we work to balance essential services and tax revenues.
• I have served on-site in our towns that have faced the challenges of storm recovery, and assisted in cleanup activities.
• I have a solid relationship with our state representatives, whether Republican or Democrat.
• I continue to encourage economic growth and support small business throughout the county with the aim to retain our young talent and workforce.
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• Most important, I continue to support those initiatives that provide care for Linn County citizens who require care (physical and mental and emotional), shelter and food because the people in Linn County expect those who need help to be able to receive help.
My service can be best summarized as 100 percent focused on the people of Linn County. I feel it is my humble responsibility to be present and listen, whether over the telephone or in person, to understand and represent their views.
• John Harris a Republican candidate for Linn County Supervisor, District 3
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