Anoka County Board
‘We also need
Adapted from the Minneapolis Labor Review, October 16, 2020
By Steve Share, Minneapolis Labor Review editor
BLAINE — Nyle Zikmund is running hard to win the District 3 seat on the Anoka County Board. It’s his second attempt to unseat incumbent Robyn West, who has served since 2007. “I’ve walked over 1,000 miles and knocked on 10,000 doors,” Zikmund reports.
Zikmund is running with the endorsement of the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO.
His other labor endorsements include International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 292, Minneapolis Building and Construction Trades Council, Laborers District Council, Sprinkler Fitters Local 417.
District 3 includes most of Blaine and part of Spring Lake Park.
When Zikmund sought the District 3 seat four years ago, he voiced concerns about the dysfunctional way the current board majority operates. “They’re still fanatical — cut, cut, cut,” he reports. “We also need to invest.”
Traffic congestion on Highway 65 remains the biggest local issue four years later, Zikmund says. “Blaine is the Hoover Dam when it comes to Highway 65.”
Nothing has happened to address the problem, he says, — except another study.
“Their own plan says funding sources will continue to decline,” he reports, with the goal only to repair and maintain Highway 65. “We should have a goal where we plan to invest,” he argues. “Why have a plan if you have no intention of funding it?”
“We’re the only metro county that repealed the wheelage tax,” Zikmund points out. The repeal puts the county at a disadvantage, he says, because the county is not bringing its own money to the table when seeking state dollars to help fund road improvements.
The lack of transparency in the way the current board majority operates continues, Zikmund says. “They won’t let people speak at a county board meeting.”
Zikmund served for 21 years as the fire chief for the Spring Lake Park, Blaine, and Mounds View Fire Department, with a total of 34 years serving in the department.
For this year’s race for Anoka County Board, Zikmund says, “ I have tremendous labor support this time around… I’m extremely grateful.”