Rick Green of Amador Township has filed for re-election to the Chisago County Board of Commissioners. Rick has served as county commissioner for District 2 since 2007, representing North Branch, Shafer, Taylors Falls; the townships of Amador, Shafer, Sunrise and now Franconia following the new redistricting plan.
Greene has been a lifelong resident of Chisago County.
“My family history in Chisago County dates back to the mid 1800s,” Greene said. “I am the fourth oldest child out of 14 children and was raised on a dairy farm in Franconia Township. Having such a large family has given me untold experience in the art of negotiation and compromise.”
After graduating from Taylors Falls High School and then Dunwoody Institute where he earned a degree in electronics, Green continued with a 40-year career in agribusiness for John Deere in Osceola, Wis. Greene remains a lifelong member of his church and is a member of the Farm Bureau.
In addition, Rick and his wife Randi, a registered nurse, have owned and operated a successful grain and livestock farm outside of Almelund for the past 35 years. He and his wife raised three children on this farm, all graduating from North Branch High School. Morgan is employed at Stepp Manufacturing, a family-owned business in Sunrise, and is very busy with his family. Elizabeth is married to U.S. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Tony Henriquez, who has completed three deployments to Iraq and just returned in March from an 18-month duty in Africa. They are thrilled that Liz, Tony, and 2 ½-year-old TJ are all back together and stationed in San Diego. Youngest son Charlie is currently living in Roseau working for Polaris in its transportation division.
“I am very proud of my family – especially my three grandchildren,” Greene said. “I feel that 40 years in local business, 35 years running a successful grain and livestock operation and my previous years as county commissioner have given me the management skills the county needs in these challenging times.
Green started his service in local government on the Amador Township Board, rising to the position of chairman. He won a seat on the Chisago County Board in 2006, was elected vice chair in 2009, and chairman in 2010. He is also a member of a number of county and regional committees.
“My years of experience as a township supervisor and county commissioner have given me the background to understand how government funding sources work and how to really get things done in local government,” he explained. “One of the county board’s greatest accomplishments during my terms has been our determination to initiate and maintain a zero-percent tax levy increase 2010-12. No one can remember the last time Chisago County had no increase in the annual tax levy. We continue to accomplish this in the face of continuing multimillion-dollar funding cuts while still proving good service to our residents.”
Contact information: Greene4Commissioner.com or 651-583-2513.