Gary L. Peterson – Candidate for District 3 Commissioner
Tell us about yourself: I am married and have been a resident of Spring Valley since 1975. I have been active in our community, serving on many boards and commissions.
Tell us about your work/life experience: Small business owner for 30 years, retired television news director, Air Force Veteran, former Fillmore County Commissioner. Red Cross volunteer, Search and Recovery Consultant, former president of the congregation of our church.
Tell us why you are running for office: When I learned that no one had filed for District 3 Commissioner in the upcoming election, I decided to step forward and offer my years of experience as a former commissioner to serve the citizens of Fillmore County District 3.
Vance Haugen – Candidate for County Commissioners District 5
Tell us about yourself: I was raised on a dairy farm in northwest Minnesota. I am 58-years-old and have been married to Bonnie (Storlie) for 36 years. We have three children, Inga, Olaf (wife Corinne) and Thor (wife Sarah). We have four grandchildren. I am an amateur musician, woodworker, and motorcyclist.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I graduated from North Dakota State University (NDSU) 1979 and worked six years for Agriculture Engineering (NDSU). From 1985 to now I have worked as an Agriculture County Agent for the University of Wisconsin-Extension. From 1993 our family has dairy farmed in Fillmore County.
Tell us why you are running for office: The challenging questions facing Fillmore County government require thoughtful, careful planning. My background in engineering, agriculture and education gives me a unique view to help shape the direction Fillmore County takes addressing major issues facing the county. They are maintaining infrastructure, implementing technology and strategic planning for the future.
I hope to help shape Fillmore County policy so the positive features are preserved. Then carefully build on appropriate infrastructure spending, use of current technology for all county departments and full county strategic planning for budget decisions to improve county operations for us, our children and our grandchildren.
Marc Prestby – Candidate for County Commissioner District 5
Tell us about yourself: Lifelong resident of Canton, Minn. Member of the Assumption Catholic Church. Retired from Canton Fire Department after 23 years of service.
Tell us about your work/life experience: I have worked for First Student Bus Company for 27 years. Graduated from Minnesota School of Business. Served on the Canton City Council for eight years. Currently serving my 16th year as District 5 Fillmore County Commissioner.
Tell us why you are running for office: I’d be honored and proud to continue serving District 5 residents on the county board if elected. Unfunded state mandates continue to be a problem along with trying to get more funding for transportation to fix roads and bridges. Technology keeps growing and we need to figure out how to pay for it. For the most part, I believe people have agreed with my positions on issues facing us. My door is always open if residents have any comments or concerns. I would appreciate your vote on November 8 and thanks for allowing me to serve you for the past 16 years.