Spring 2020 Candidate Questionnaire: Eau Claire County Board
District 14: Judy Gatlin
Note: These questions were drafted and candidate responses requested before concerns about COVID-19 escalated to their current level.
Q1. What are your background and qualifications for this position, and why are you a candidate?
Elected in 2016, I am interested in continuing to a third term representing citizens in ECC District 14. With a newly formed neighborhood association, I want to encourage and advocate community engagement. I have connected with residents in D14 and listened to their compliments and concerns with County services.
Q2. What is the County Board’s role in promoting economic development, business maintenance and commercial growth in the county?
The Board is the final steward of the annual budget. That budget has to balance economic development/growth with community services mandated and the safety and health of Eau Claire county citizens. This board has a major role in Eau Claire county economics.
Q3. What should the County Board do to address the current budget issues and program demands in the Human Services area?
The Board actively works with the administrator, department heads, and county front line staff to reach solutions to balance budgets annually, as well as review and update long term strategic plans. The Board is and continues to be transparent on all department budgeting. I want to continue to contribute to this work.
Q4. What are the two biggest issues you expect Eau Claire County to face during your term, and how do you think the County Board should address them?
Issue One is providing mandated services as an arm of the state without funding. Issue One is addressed at every monthly meeting with ideas and suggestions and direction. Issue Two is how to get more public input and direct people to the many sources of information the County offers. Issue Two is also addressed often in meetings and public communication and engagement slowly increases.
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