Rhonda is proud to be lifelong Minnesotan. The oldest of three daughters, Rhonda learned sacrifice from her father, a merchant marine who sailed the Great Lakes for many weeks on end in order to provide for his family. She learned the value of personal responsibility, hard work and independence from her mother, a stay at home mom who, in addition to raising her children, went on to become a successful small business owner. Rhonda took those life lessons to heart, becoming the first person in her extended family to graduate from college. A proud St. Cloud State graduate, Rhonda earned a degree in International Relations.
Rhonda and her husband Ran, have been married for 26 years. Ran, an immigrant from Malaysia, came to the U.S. seeking the freedoms and opportunities that can only be found in America. Ran served for 20 years as a Roseville police officer and currently works for the U.S. Marshal’s service. Rhonda and Ran have two children who are in college, Sonjay and Asha.
Rhonda worked in the Human Services Department in Anoka County. As a taxpayer, she was frustrated with what she saw and had no power to change it so she ran for an open seat on the county board. She had no political experience, but knew what her values were and shared those as she campaigned. Rhonda won and has never forgotten that she was elected to serve and represent her constituents. She voted “no” when “no” was the right answer, even if it meant standing alone.
In 2011 and each subsequent year, Rhonda has been elected by her peers as board chairwoman. During her tenure she has been a tireless champion for the taxpayers. But Rhonda doesn’t just talk about doing things. She has delivered real results. In 2012 and the two years following, under Rhonda’s leadership, the property tax levy was lowered for the first time in over 40 years. At the same time, the county received numerous awards for the work done in the areas of mental health, energy conservation, transportation, communication about property taxes and an innovative chemical dependency treatment program just to name a few.
Rhonda is running for re-election to the County Board for one reason – to make a difference for the people of Anoka County.