This letter is paid content. I’ve never thought about running for public office, but having recently become a grandparent has changed my perspective on how lucky we are to live in Goodhue County and how easy it is to take it for granted. Our way of life doesn’t just happen, it takes effort and sacrifice to sustain it. A couple of main issues of my campaign among others are:
- Business Climate: To me everything begins and ends with healthy businesses and the jobs, investments, and revenue it creates. I want Goodhue County to be known as a county you want to do business in.
-I support our law enforcement 100 percent. You cannot have a civilized society if people don’t feel safe in their homes or streets. I am not your candidate if you believe in defunding the police.
I have nothing against my opponent and find her to be a very well spoken and nice lady. I know I face an uphill battle facing an incumbent, but I believe that some of my strengths are:
- Being a lifelong resident and having gone through our public school system, I have a lifetime of experiences, connections and observations about living and farming in Goodhue County. I appreciate all the things that make Goodhue County special, and will strive to keep it that way.
- My service and leadership on various boards: My first board experience was at age 22, and added up I have over 70 years of experience serving on them. I come in knowing how to get along with various personalities, staying away from micromanaging, and working with the big picture in mind.
-Through my work at the MN Corn Growers, I have developed great working relationships with our officials in St. Paul and DC. Hopefully, I could use that to the benefit of Goodhue County.
I was a little disappointed and amused to see last week’s Q and A in the Eagle. They failed to put my name under my picture for the caption and instead used “NameLine” and used a previous unedited draft instead of my final copy. While I was told to keep my answers to 500 words or less, my opponent didn’t seem to have the same restriction and was allowed more than twice as much space as I. But that’s ok, I would rather be judged on my results and achievements than words in a newspaper. I am proud of what I have accomplished with a one room school education and no college diploma.
I encourage you to go to my facebook page at facebook.com/@VoteYesForLes. It will give you more insight and greater detail into my background, values, issues and experiences.
This is a very pivotal seat and I am surprised how many people in Red Wing don’t even know they have a commissioner. I think it is important to give people a choice and I humbly ask for your vote on November 3. Win, lose, or draw I will continue to strive to make Goodhue County a great place for us, our children and grandchildren to grow up in.
Welch Township, Minn.