Guest column: Willing to roll up the sleeves, get the job done
Posted 8:45 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022
Guest column by Brad Edwin
Hello, my name is Brad Edwin and I am very happy to have the opportunity to represent you again. I am the current County Commissioner for District 1. District 1 includes the towns of Clarks Grove, Freeborn, Hartland and Manchester, as well as Albert Lea Ward 2 and the townships of Bath, Bancroft Precinct 1, Freeborn, Hartland and Manchester.
I grew up in Albert Lea and have lived all my life in Freeborn County. I have lived in Manchester Township since 1984. I am married to my wife, Vickie, and we have three grown daughters and two grandchildren. My parents, Bob and Helen Edwin, are also part of our community. Some of you may remember Bob and Joe’s Market which was located in what is now the Salvation Army thrift store my dad opened in the 70’s.
I also believe that getting involved and giving back is an important part of living in our community. In the past, I have been a firefighter with the Manchester Fire Department, a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Council and a member of Noon Kiwanis.
I have been involved in business administration all my life. I have experience in business marketing and finance, people management and budgeting. I have experienced the hard work it takes to operate within a budget and control expenses. I have hands-on experience in developing and growing a team. As part of my career, I have traveled to southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin, leading and coaching managers on how to improve their business conditions, profits and team. . I’m a “roll up your sleeves and get the job done” kind of person.
In addition, I draft and negotiate contracts and service agreements with municipalities, government entities, large medical institutions and many other sectors of the business world, from family businesses to large corporations such as financial institutions and corporations. of public services.
I also know how to use the strengths of the team, how to capitalize and develop these strengths and how to identify weak points and implement strategies to improve productivity. Each member of the team has value and contribution. During my business management career, I have supervised over 240 employees. Communication is very important and a big part of communication is being a great listener.
It’s been an incredible two years as your county commissioner. I learned a lot about how local government works. I have lived through very difficult situations and I have acted in the best possible way for the people I represent. My experience allows me to make the best possible decisions to get the job done. Each decision must be made taking into account the taxpayer and his portfolio. I represent you and you pay the bill. It requires involvement. It takes commitment. Being your county commissioner is a huge responsibility, and I believe in asking questions and doing my homework. One of my goals when I was elected was to get to know each department and how they are successful in providing needed services to our county.
I believe it is very important to build a solid bench to provide the necessary and required services for the people who live here. Transparency and teamwork are essential. To be fair and loyal to the citizens of this county is an obligation that I take very seriously.
By working together as one team, we can create a positive atmosphere to promote our county and all it has to offer. To do this, we need to create a long-term strategic plan, and it needs to be fluid so that we can adapt to changes as they happen. We need to bring our cities, townships and local businesses together to make Freeborn County an even better place to live, work and grow.
I was very excited when recently some department heads came up with ideas that will save taxpayers money. Department heads and those doing the work know best where we can improve in the way we work and deliver services. In my past professions I have successfully challenged everyone to come up with money saving ideas and have requested this from our county departments and will continue to do so as your county commissioner .
In closing, I want to ask each of you for your continued support. I am available at all times to answer your questions and hear your concerns.
I ask for your vote on November 8. We have a lot of work to do, and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves to get that work done. I always work in your best interests because you are the one funding all of this.
Brad Edwin is seeking re-election as Freeborn County Commissioner in District 1.