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Three seeking seat in Jackson County Commissioner District 1

JACKSON -- Three men have filed for a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in District 1 after commissioner William Tusa opted not to seek reelection.

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JACKSON -- Three men have filed for a seat on the Jackson County Board of Commissioners in District 1 after commissioner William Tusa opted not to seek reelection.

The three candidates -- Rich Erickson, Harvey Kruger and David “Scott” McClure -- will be on next Tuesday’s Primary election ballot in Jackson County District 1. The two candidates receiving the highest number of votes will advance to the general election in November.

The Daily Globe posed a series of questions to each of the candidates. Following are their responses.

Name: Rich Erickson

City or Township in which you reside: Minneota

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Occupation: Farmer grain, beef cattle. My wife, Tammy, is a Kindergarten Teacher Riverside Elementary in Jackson.

Qualifications for public office: Lakefield/JCC School board 15 years, Minneota Township board since 1997, Jackson County Zoning Board eight years, also church boards

What is your top priority in county government? To run our government as efficiently as possible

Explain ideas you have to address your top priority: I think with low grain prices and the slowdown at AGCO, we have to watch what we are doing, just like the taxpayers of the county have to.

What would you like to see accomplished in the county in the next four years? Just to be as efficient as we can.

Additional comments: I like gathering information and solving problems, I dairied for 35 years, I have worked off the farm, driven truck and have run a grader. I feel I have had a lot of different experiences to be able to look at problems from a lot of different perspectives.

Name: Harvey Kruger

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City or Township in which you reside: Okabena; I have lived there since 1973.

Occupation: Employments include -- The Toro Company, Windom MN, 1974-1991, Specialized Vocational Services, Worthington 1997-1999. City of Okabena 1999-2008 with 7-plus years as Liquor Store Manager.

Qualifications for public office: Served on the Heron Lake-Okabena School District for 5 years. I am a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Okabena Squadron #608. I am a lifetime member of the Round Lake Sportsman’s Club. And I am a current board member of the Heron Lake Watershed District. I am looking forward to representing the constituents of District 1 and all of Jackson County.

What is your top priority in county government: Roads and bridges seems to come up a lot, but I think water quality might be of greater concern. Nothing ever gets done as fast as we would like, but with continuous effort, much can be accomplished.

Explain ideas you have to address your top priority: I believe my life experiences have prepared me to represent the residents in District One as their Commissioner. I will make informed decisions to ensure our tax dollars are used in the best interest of the county.

Additional comments: I hope to gain a better understanding of the issues facing our county. As county commissioner, it will accelerate my endeavor.

Name: David "Scott" McClure

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City or Township in which you reside: Sioux Valley Township

Occupation: Self-Employed Farmer

Qualifications for public office: I am a husband, father, grandfather and farmer. I have lived in the county my entire life. I have a sense of humor, I don't have all the answers but I am willing to listen and work with the other commissioners to get the right answers. I am also willing to take the time to do the job and have no axe to grind. I have 20+ years of previous public board experience and am interested in fulfilling the duties of the county commissioner.

What is your top priority in county government: I would have to say serving the taxpayers of Jackson County efficiently and addressing the concerns of my constituents in District 1 with the concerns of the other commissioners from their districts. I would like to maintain the necessary services currently available, keep infrastructure up-to-date while being fiscally responsible and make sure everyone in the county knows what is available.

Explain ideas you have to address your top priority: The main thing would be awareness of the required expenses of the county and revenue sources available and spreading those revenues out efficiently while trying to find other sources of revenue which are usually limited in government and use the expertise of the other commissioners and staff to keep things efficient. Also learning what we have and what we can do, without just raising taxes every time.

What would you like to see accomplished in the county in the next four years: Basically, I want to see Jackson County continue to be a good place to call home and that government does what government is supposed to do.

Additional comments: I would not have filed for this position if I wasn't willing to put in the time and effort to do the job to the best of my ability. I will say family and providing for my family are priority but I am aware of the sacrifices that have to be made at times for public service.

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