Polly Glynn set to run for 2nd term

Polly Glynn enjoyed her first term as the District 2 Mower County commissioner and she’s ready to run again after officially filing for reelection.

Glynn

Glynn

“I like the people I work with and putting a real face to my district people,” Glynn said.

The 69-year-old first ran for the position in 2012 after retiring as president of First State Bank Minnesota in LeRoy.

She realized even before officially retiring that she wanted to stay involved with the people within her district because she was so familiar with them.

“I wasn’t ready to give up everything yet,” she said.

During her first term, she said the county board faced a lot of different challenges, but she’s proud to have been an advocate for the issues her district faces.

“I get a lot of calls regarding roads and bridges,” Glynn said. “I try to be an advocate for them and go back to the people in charge of things at the county and give them their opinion on things.”

Currently, the key issues her and the county board face are a half-cent sales tax proposal and a true county assessors proposal.

The board has been discussing how to address a roughly $100 million need for road and bridge projects over the next decade and an estimated funding shortfall of $6.5 million per year. One option is the half-cent sales tax the board could enact for specific road projects, which would slim the county’s annual funding shortfall from $6.5 million a year to $5 million a year.

While the board is expected to approve or deny implementing the half-sales tax before the November election, transportation funding shortfalls will be an ongoing issue.

Mower County is also exploring whether it should run all property assessments through the Mower County Assessors Office or to continue letting cities and townships deal with assessors on an individual basis.

“I want to follow though [with these projects] and run again,” Glynn said.

In her spare time, Glynn enjoys to watch her grandchildren’s sporting events. Her and her husband Doug have three sons and nine grandchildren.

“I enjoyed the job and I hope that I’ve made a difference with the people in our district,” she said. “I like what I do and hopefully the people feel I’ve done a good enough job to let me do it again for four years.”

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