Election is OVER!

Holly Jenkins was a candidate in the 2016 Election for the position of Dakota County Commissioner, District 4. Rep. Joe Atkins won the election. Holly wishes Mr. Atkins good luck in the position.

has an MBA in Finance from the Carlson School of Management at the U of M. She worked for Piper Jaffray for many years before turning to the non-profit sector. She is the founder of Wilderness in the City advocating for the protection of Lebanon Hills Regional Park and natural areas across the 7-county metro region. Since 2013, she has participated in County Board, Met Council and Legislative hearings, and is determined to improve the status quo in Dakota County.

Holly states:

Dakota County is special because of the people who live here. They are what make our communities thrive. Decisions made at the local level of government have direct impact on our quality of life now and in the future, yet we know little about and have little influence when decisions are being made.

There is a fundamental disconnect between the general public and the decision makers on county issues. This disconnect happens because information is not readily available, meetings and agendas are off peoples radar, the county budget is not easily accessible for public review, and public input is often sought only after a decision has been made.

She plans to continue working to shine a spotlight on the invisible layer of government and make information readily available, have meetings video recorded for public review, and reach out to people for their input before the board votes on issues. People deserve to know, and have an opportunity to influence, how Dakota County is spending their money.