Commissioner Maluchnik’s work has helped recapture federal tax dollars in excess of $30 million, resulting in a significant savings to Carver County taxpayers. Randy has spent more time than any other commissioner trying to obtain federal and state grants. Some of that success has resulted in helping fund many of the county road projects in 2020 and the big road project coming in 2021, Highway 212. His efforts and our half cent sales tax has resulted in more road projects being completed in Carver County than we’ve done in a long time.
I also own the business Formacoat that recently relocated to Chaska, with the new building at 2960 Chaska Blvd., County Highway 61. It may not look like it, but Formacoat is a small business, and this building is a gigantic and expensive investment for me as an individual. If you have seen it, it is a beautiful building.
Alas the building came in over budget for several reasons. I was out of financing and had little extra money. One of the last things to be done was that Formacoat was responsible for reconstructing the road in front of the building in order to put in a right turn lane. But much to my dismay, the county road staff was adamant that their standard county highway construction requirements "had to be met," even though the traffic to Formacoat was only a fraction of standard road volumes, and the road is scheduled to be completely rebuilt in the “near future” (five or so years at the time).
Thus, the turn lane was four times more expensive than was needed, significantly more than I had budgeted. The county road department did not seem to be interested in listening to me.
So, I reached out to Randy. He put together a meeting of the right county road staff to so that they would be in a position to actually hear me out. His facilitation of this meeting saved me a useless expenditure of $60,000 I did not have. I was thankful for his assistance, but he was comfortably non-assuming of accolades: “Mark, I am just doing my job.” And a wonderful job he did.
Thanks to the advocacy work of the coalition, led by Commissioner Maluchnik, we've been able to secure additional funding to keep making improvements to Highway 212.
Further efforts will be needed to finish the work of making this a complete four-lane highway and we need Randy to continue the great work he is doing to make this roadway safer.
As a local business owner, I appreciate elected officials who understand the economic impact of investing in core transportation infrastructure. It's what keeps our products and people moving.
It was the early guidance of Carver County Environmental Services and Commissioner Randy Maluchnik that helped put all of our vision in place just in time to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. In March and April we were responding to 15 requests daily for basic needs. The His House Foundation team was able to do this in thanks to our wonderful volunteers and Carver County Public Health guidance. Commissioner Maluchnik was an early advocate understanding that the community he serves needed additional support for people in crisis.
Randy had the foresight to work with MAC-V and the city of Chaska to create transitional housing for veterans and domestic abuse survivors like me. From the day I moved in until now, I cannot imagine what life would be like if I had not reached out to just ask about local resources ... I cannot express how much respect and gratefulness I have towards his work and efforts throughout the years. He has a way of really listening to someone. When you speak with him, you feel like your voice is truly being heard, and if you bring a topic his way, he truly strives to make sure he can help. We need more people like this in the world!
Citizens continually rate trails as one of the most wanted amenities in our communities. Randy has been strong in his support of this effort and an effective voice to help get funding for the trails.
He has strong contacts with the Met Council, the DNR and the Hennepin County Regional Rail Authority, all of which have helped us move Carver County’s trail plan forward.
As a long time resident of Carver County, and as a veteran music teacher, having spent the majority of my career in District 112, it’s important for me that our elected public officials be aware of the needs of our students. I’m for the candidate that shows us that the well-being of our young people matters. When we invest in our children, we’re investing in the future problem solvers, leaders, and contributors who will help our community succeed. Randy Maluchnik is that “investor” candidate.
Through my work with Commissioner Maluchnik to secure funding for Highway 212, I have been very impressed with his understanding of the county and his vision for building on past initiatives to expand the economy, create jobs and improve safety.
We all want to feel a sense of belonging, regardless of our background, skin color, socioeconomic status, or age. In Carver County, many people are working to make every resident here feel like they belong, but it would be difficult for you to find someone working harder to make this happen than my neighbor, Randy Maluchnik.
As COVID-19 takes a harsh toll on the aging population, they deserve a fierce advocate who takes their issues seriously and will advance policy that supports their health and well-being.
Randy has a proven track record of financial responsibility and led our county through previous economic downturns. While he was a commissioner, Carver County received a AAA bond rating, resulting in the county saving thousands of dollars.