Holberg Announces Her Campaign for Re-Election

Holberg will continue to advocate for enhanced transportation funding
while streamlining county government

(LAKEVILLE, MN) – Commissioner Mary Liz Holberg announced her campaign for re-election to the Dakota County Board.  “It’s been an honor to represent our community the last four years on the County Board and I look forward to continuing to work together to ensure that Lakeville continues to be a great place to raise a family or start a business,” said Holberg.

Last year, Holberg led the charge in dissolving the County Transit Improvement Board, which resulted in $22 million in taxpayer money returned back to the county for roads and bridges.


Furthermore, this effort resulted in an ongoing $16 million per year boost from sales tax revenue to the county transportation funds and saved $1 million per year from transit operating subsidies – all without raising taxes. That change will increase investments in transportations across the city, such as accelerating the County Road 70 project in Lakeville.

Commissioner Holberg also chaired the Shelter Leadership Working Group which consisted of leaders from the faith community, County Development Agency, and county social services to determine best practices and recommendations for strategic investments to end homelessness in Dakota County.


Holberg added, “One of my top priorities on the County Board is helping create a level playing field for families that allows everyone to thrive. Building a new way to alleviate poverty and getting people into the workforce will allow parents to create a better life for their kids.”

In addition to tackling homelessness, Holberg advocated for legislation to ensure that preschoolers served by Dakota County are ready to start Kindergarten, worked on more effective and cost saving strategies for public safety calls for people in crisis, and supported new housing options targeted to those most in need.

Commissioner Holberg has also led efforts to finish the Highway 50 project, expand and renovate Heritage Library all while developing a budget that resulted in the lowest tax levy in the state per capita for the last three years.

Commissioner Mary Liz Holberg was first elected to the Dakota County Board in 2014 after serving in the Minnesota Legislature. Ms. Holberg is a longtime Lakeville resident. She has two grown children and a grandson.  Learn more at



Dakota County on the road to better roads

The breakup of a regional transit board means more revenue for Dakota County projects

Transportation is often cited as the most important concern of Dakota County residents as past surveys have shown that the majority of working adults travel north and cross the Minnesota River each day to go to work.

County government leaders think that 2017 will be looked back upon as a year in which there was a seismic change in addressing the county’s transportation needs.

In March 2017, the Counties Transit Improvement Board dissolved after Dakota County protested that it was not getting its fair share of return on investment in projects to serve its residents.

The result is that the county will no longer be funneling millions into CTIB and instead the county has implemented the Dakota County Transit Sales Tax, which will generate an expected $16.6 million in 2018 for local transportation projects.

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