Candidates will be asked several questions between now and the Primary Election. They will all be asked the same questions and printed exactly as they are submitted, unedited.
Question #2: What do you feel you can bring to this office?
Steven P. Zachmann
CONTINUED COLABORATION TO ADDRESS IMPACTS. I believe that my experience and abilities in working with all people, whether in volunteer organizations, employment or governmental agencies are needed as we go forward, especially in light of lower revenues, impacts of the multiple oil and gas projects and the changing economics in business and agriculture in our county.
EXPERIENCE WITH LEGISLATIVE ISSUES: My experiences on the planning board, insurance organizations and in meetings with legislators and departments in Helena give me insight on how things move, or don’t move, when it comes to complying with regulations and requesting changes for Fallon County.
A MORE “GUIDED ASSISTANCE” METHOD TO HELP RESIDENTS WITH REGULATORY POLICY. I understand the difficulties brought by subdivision regulations and permitting and believe we can move toward more of a guiding policy to help residents of our county meet state regulations in these areas.
BALANCING PROJECTS TO THE COUNTY BUDGET AND LONG RANGE PLANS. Reviewing, breaking down and coordinating construction plans and specifications is a skill that applies to many other aspects of life and leadership. It teaches close inspection of individual elements while maintaining the long view of a project. All my life, I’ve worked hard analyzing and moving forward on projects to match needs and manpower and manage the impacts of cost and delivery of services and I will continue to do so as your County Commissioner.
A common sense approach to Local Government
Melissa “Missy” Thielen
I, myself, feel I could bring honesty to this office.
I am very approachable and feel that I can give our citizens a voice when decision have to be made. I know that public office is not a part time job. I have always been available by phone, or cup of coffee, to discuss any ideas or issues someone has. I pride myself on finding answers and completing projects in a timely manner.
I feel my combination of skills and experience managing B&B Septic Service and my farm/ranch operations, has taught me a lot about business and making fair decisions and I also feel I work well with others and am a fair man.
Change. More willingness to work than what we are used to. I do not want a presently successful rancher, a successful business owner taking this position because it has a good schedule, good pay and good benefits. No more part-time commissioners. Running this county should not only be your number one focus, I feel it should be your only focus and if elected, I will step away from my duties in the oilfield; something I am hopeful every candidate would do. I want someone who is going to bring their lunchbox and gloves to the office and go to work for this county and the people here day to day. If that requires me running a mower, piloting for equipment, spraying weeds, getting out and talking to local farmers and ranchers about roads, pipelines, and family or sitting down in town and working with our local business owners, and working with the two standing commissioners to do right by the people here. I feel and hope to bring a more approachable nature to the commissioner spot for a youthful-middle age generation to share their ideas.
Sandra N. Kinsey
Experiencing many different situations as a past Health Care Provider, I have a good understanding and the ability to provide and implement necessary services. I have the ability to communicate effectively with everyone in all situations. I have a greater understanding of the inner workings of County and State Government because of the many boards I have served on within the county along with being elected to the Fallon County Study Commission which was mandated by the Legislature and my time as a member on the Governor’s Task Force on health issues for the State of Montana have afforded me leadership skills to assist in leading the county on the Board of County Commissioners.
Kevin J. Braun
As commissioners we need to have accountability. Making the right, researched, and educated decision and being able to explain why or why not is a priority. Just because it’s the norm doesn’t mean it’s right. Being able to listen to the people and make the right vote after hearing both sides of the argument. Be able to explain to the Fallon County Voters why you voted the way you did.
Continuity is a must. Everyone in the courthouse works for the Fallon County Voters including the Commissioners. As Americans and Fallon countians it is our Constitutional right to be able to disagree on what is right or wrong. Its what make this country work. We all have the right to voice our opinion and be heard. Agree to disagree and at the end of the day Respect what has happen that day and each other. Be up front and honest. I would like to think we all have The Betterment of Fallon County in our hearts.
I have been in Helena for the last three legislative sessions working on changing property rights laws for land owners in Eastern Montana. It’s a tough road and I have learned lot and have a lot left to learn. The progress was not as fast as we would have liked but the key is meeting legislators and getting to know them as individuals. Connections like that as Commissioner will become very valuable along with an understanding of Helena and its workings. All three Commissioners will have to be extensively involved Helena.