Karla is running for Washington County Commissioner to unseat incumbent Autumn Lehrke. Karla has a long record of public service. She was elected to the Cottage Grove City Council at the age of 25, serving from 2005-2007, and then represented Cottage Grove in the Minnesota State House from 2007-2011. Karla sat on the Public Safety and Veterans Affairs committees in the legislature. As a County Commissioner, Karla will be a good steward of county funds by keeping the budget balanced. She would focus her efforts on creating long-term fixes to transportation issues in Washington County, in particular making sure that roads and bridges are fixed in a timely manner. She would also push to expedite transit improvement projects along the Red Rocks Corridor to keep people moving throughout the region.