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On the ballot 2012: Richard Muyskens

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On the ballot 2012: Richard Muyskens
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

Name: Richard Muyskens

Occupation: I ran a contracting and construction business for 27 years in Pipestone County and am now the groundskeeper and maintenance for Pipestone County.

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What prompted you to run for county commissioner? Presently working at the county, I have seen a first-hand look at the way the county operates and the way our tax dollars are spent. I have seen wasteful spending. There have been bad decisions on buildings that are built and not maintained. There is a lack of trust within departments and with each other in the county. I would like to acknowledge other opinions, listen to the public and work to benefit all -- in and out of office. I would use the common sense approach to wisely spend the taxpayer's hard eaned dollars to benefit all.

Do you have experience in leadership or local government? I was in the Army, where I was sergeant over 30 guys and I enjoyed working with each of the troops that were under my command. I was in construction for 27 years and had up to 5 or more employees which gave me experience with budgeting, facing difficult situations and problem solving. I have also been on local church boards and committees.

What do you think is the most important issue in your county? My main priority would be to work as a trusted member of a county that works together heart and soul -- truthful to each other -- open to the public, working to resolve issues, determinied to make Pipestone County a united government. I would strive for a stronger and better trust in each other and be open to feedback for better government from the public, staff, department heads and elected officials. I would like there to be openness to cities, townships and the whole county. I would provide a common sense approach to what is best for all.

Did the recent redistricting influence your decision to run: Redistricting did not influence my decision to run for commissioner. I ran for county commissioner four years ago.

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