By Brian Ojanpa
Free Press Staff Writer
— Incumbent Le Sueur County Board Commissioners Cliff Wetzel and Steve “Gump” Rohlfing are seeking the District 5 seat that was created by new county redistricting measures.
Wetzel, an Elysian Township farmer and former Waterville-Elysian-Morristown School Board member, was elected District 4 commissioner two years ago, a four-year term being shortened due to the redistricting.
The 61-year-old cites life experience as the most salient trait he brings to his candidacy.
“Having spent my whole life here, I have a good understanding of the people and the background of this area, along with being well-acquainted with many people throughout the county.”
He said ensuring that county residents can live and prosper without excessive or unreasonable regulation is the key issue facing the county.
Current District 5 Commissioner Rohlfing, who works in his family’s livestock business and spent eight years on the Cleveland School Board, said he’s taken special interest in water-related issues.
“I believe the County Board can help landowners, farmers and lake-home owners work together to create a plan to help solve any water-related problems that develop.”
He said the county has many private and county ditches, lakes, streams and wetlands that require protection.
“We (also) need to continue the success and growth of private and commercial business in our county to help provide employment and improvements for the residents of Le Sueur County.”
He said local governments can be especially effective because when issues arise, changes can be made in a short period of time.
“With that being said, the County Board has to make sure that if changes are made, they are in the best interests of Le Sueur County.”
District 5 includes the cities of Cleveland, Elysian and Kasota and the townships of Cleveland, Elysian, Washington and Kasota (Precincts 1 and 2).