Candidate view - St. Louis County Board - Patrick BoyleIn knocking on doors in St. Louis County’s 2nd District over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to talk with people about what matters.
By: Patrick Boyle, Duluth News Tribune
St. Louis County Board
In knocking on doors in St. Louis County’s 2nd District over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to talk with people about what matters. It is clear that government on the municipal level is quite powerful and a vital part of our society. I am proud to be continuing service to the community in my bid for County Commissioner.
With a competitive national and international market, the County needs to continue to work closely with public and private entities to foster business development, bringing with it livable-wage jobs.
On the county board, I can build on relationships that I have formed with Mayor Ness, Duluth City Councilors and state representatives. Working together, we can make government more efficient. I was a proponent of the city-county law enforcement center which saves money for both entities. I also worked with county commissioners to transfer Duluth’s assessors to the county, which streamlines that department. I see other areas in which to collaborate, such as information technology and health care.
Crumbling infrastructure is an issue everywhere and St. Louis County is no exception. St. Louis County has more than 3,000 miles of roads and bridges, and I will strive to maintain and improve these without passing the burden onto our children. As a part of the Duluth Public Utilities Commission, I have learned that a sustainable plan is not only possible, but also vitally important.
No one can ever truly replace Commissioner O’Neil, but if elected I hope to continue the passion and commitment that he gave to the citizens of St. Louis County. I would be honored with your vote on November 5.