Sandra Kinsey sees some challenging times ahead for the Fallon County Commissioners and she thinks her experience in working with multiple groups and agencies will help.
But even more important is her experience with pandemics, which makes her run even more important to the county, she explained.
A former member of the Governor’s Task Force on health issues for the state of Montana, Kinsey thinks that she can bring more leadership skills and understanding ways to work with other agencies in order to assist the county officials in planning for a strong Fallon County future.
Kinsey came out of retirement to try for the seat on the Fallon County commission in the November election.
She also includes the need for communication internally with county agencies. “I feel there is a need for better communication within Fallon County, the county employees and also between the Board of Commissioners and the people of the county.”
The presence of the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of changes, not only at the county level, but at the state and above, according to Kinsey. “I think with my pandemic background … and my nursing background … medical background … and a common sense background, I think that I can do it,” she said recently. “We are going to have to pay attention on our economy... and every other thing, budget, because of the economy,” a graduate of the Columbus School of Nursing in College of Great Falls, MT and I am still learning more about issues that come up everyday. We all need to work very hard to help each other and respect each other in order to form a better and stronger place to live.
The key will be communicating with the people as well as the people who are part of the county to explain what needs to be done. “We have to tell them ‘this’ is what we have to do, not because we want to tell you what to do, but because we feel it is better for you. And it will help things in the long run,” she said.
Kinsey said it will have to be in a way that it would be convincing to the public. “That way they don’t think they are being bullied into this or that. I think there is a way of doing it or handling it and keeping the (pandemic) numbers down. People need to do the simple everyday things like wash their hands before they eat.”
“It is just the basic things that you do to keep the germ away. It is simple. That is what they are telling us to do,” she said. “Masks are basic. It is nothing new. We have had it made for awhile in our country and especially Montana.”
“There is something that is pretty unique (about Fallon County) as far as I am concerned in Montana – and especially the eastern part. We should be proud of our county. We have to work at it to keep it that way,” Kinsey stressed.
Kinsey has lived in Fallon County since 1963. Since then, she said she has seen the community improve and also lose some services over the years.
“The oil business has been very, very successful.... there is farming....small businesses and other businesses that help our economy... we have high-end recreational facilities. I love this country. I was born in Hawaii, came to school in Montana and I settled in Baker,” she said, noting she and her family have put down roots in the county.
“I love this county and I will do whatever I can to help the people in this county,” she added. She and her husband have raised four children, have five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.