Anoka County Board
‘Your voice is important’
From the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
RAMSEY — John LeTourneau is running for the District 1 seat on the Anoka County board with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
District 1 includes Saint Francis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Ramsey and part of Anoka.
Currently the mayor of the city of Ramsey since winning a special election in 2018, LeTourneau has previously served as a Ramsey city council member since 2013 and before that as a member of the Ramsey Economic Development Authority.
As mayor of Ramsey and as city council member, LeTourneau says, his main concern “was about meeting the expectations of residents and making sure they were well-represented in the decision-making process. It was about collaboration and it was about engagement and it was about transparency.”
LeTourneau’s emphasis on engagement and transparency, he says, is missing on the Anoka County Board with “the current command-and-control style of leadership.”
He adds, “they run this kind of ‘lights-on only’ vision of government that isn’t very forward-thinking.”
He sees that philosophy impacting the quality of life in Anoka County in a negative way.
“We’re not getting the industry and commercial opportunities that other communities are getting,” LeTourneau says, noting that “58 percent of workers are leaving Anoka County” to go to work each day. “You shouldn’t really have to drive to Minneapolis for a high-paying job.”
When you do, you’re likely stuck in traffic, or you might be working more than one job to afford your Anoka County housing. But that can change.
A county board that invests in local infrastructure can improve life for all.
“I need your support now, so your voice can be heard,” he wants union members to know. “Your voice is important to me… My role in running [for County Commissioner] is to invite your voice to the table.”