Election 101 Voters Guide: State Senate: Jennifer Havlick
Hometown: Harrison, N.Y.
Family: Husband Scott Havlick, daughter Hollie, pet pug Ruffiss
Profession: Two Harbors Public Access Coordinator
Favorite spot on the North Shore: This was the toughest of all the questions. I am admittedly a city girl. So I like the cities of Two Harbors, Silver Bay, Grand Marias etc. But I think my favorite spot is my own back yard, which isn’t in any city limits. I live out in the country in Silver Creek Township.
Q Why do you seek this office?
A I have been asked this question on more than one occasion and I have a few answers. One answer is simply because more than a few people encouraged me to run. Another answer is because I truly believe that it is time for the North Shore to lead Minnesota and that means putting people in office who truly have a dog in the fight – someone who is willing to come back to the North Shore and live with the legislation they pass.
Q What is the most critical issue facing the state? How do you plan to take it on?
A It is critical that we balance the budget while maintaining vital infrastructure and services.
We need to get state government back under control. In order to do that we need to take a very close look at exactly how our government is spending taxpayer dollars. No more excuses about government being complicated and there are no simple answers. It’s about time we started simplifying, downsizing, and streamlining government at all levels. We need to stop creating new taxes and regulations and start empowering local units of government to invest in new and innovative ways to provide services for residents.
State government should be helping local units of government and not tying their hands with complicated, unrealistic regulations and mandates.
Q Is there one thing you can promise North Shore residents from your term in office?
A I promise to tell residents of the North Shore the truth: good or bad. I think far too often elected officials get caught up in telling residents what they think they want to hear. I believe that residents need and want to be told the truth so that they can plan for what is coming.