Mark is running for Ramsey County Commissioner to be a voice for the middle class, to provide a common sense approach to the issues facing the northern suburbs, and to make sure Ramsey County is focused on helping everyone in the community thrive.
Responsible Development at Rice Creek Commons
Rice Creek Commons is a once in a generation opportunity to shape the North Metro for years to come. The redevelopment of 400 acres of land that formerly housed the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) has the potential to be an economic engine providing jobs and expanding the County’s tax base for decades to come.
As your County Commissioner, Mark will work to bring people together to move this project forward so we can start building our future today.
Why Rice Creek Commons matters:
- The development will create jobs that have an immediate impact on the local economy.
- It provides an opportunity to build affordable housing for people at all stages of life.
- Local schools have already taken on a huge financial burden preparing for a population increase.
One of the great challenges facing Ramsey County and Minnesota as a whole is making sure there is enough housing available for people to have a decent place to live whether they own or rent their home.
Whether someone is a young college graduate, just starting a family, or is a senior on a fixed income for Ramsey County to thrive it needs to have a mix of affordable housing options that include single family and multi-unit dwellings.
As your County Commissioner Mark will push to expand the County’s work on affordable housing.
Career Path Development
For too long we have been telling our youth that the only path to a prosperous future is a four-year degree. The student debt crisis has made this issue even more important with the average college graduate leaving school with $37,000 in debt.
Having built his career in the building trades, Mark wants people to know there are other ways to earn a livable wage and that our goal as a community should be supporting multiple career options that help people find the right path for them.
As your County Commissioner Mark will promote the availability of highly skilled labor jobs in the community and alternative career paths. One example is the under-utilized state-certified apprenticeship programs that lead directly to high paying, in-demand jobs that offer great benefits, with free or low-cost training.
Mark firmly believes that labor unions and the jobs they provide are an important part of the foundation of our economy and our community.