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October 11, 2012

King, Redmann running for Le Sueur County Board seat

LE SUEUR — First-time office seekers John King and Todd Redmann are vying for the District 3 seat on the Le Sueur County Board of Commissioners.

King, a veterinarian and lifelong Le Sueur resident as well as a farmer, said his deep commitment to the area and his fondness for grass-roots government spurred his choice to run.

“One foot is planted where I live, in the city of Le Sueur. My other foot is firmly rooted in our family farm in Tyrone Township. I understand both urban and rural issues, and I have considerable experience with both.”

King said administering a budget as executive director of the Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine and being a small-business owner has given him the skills to chart sound financial courses, a key element in dealing with the the fiscal challenges counties face today.

“Finding a balance between providing services and funding the costs to provide them is a significant challenge in Le Sueur County.”

On land use and maintaining what he terms “the rural/urban/recreational interface” he says this:

“We need to continue to maintain apppropriate agricultural land use and well thought out and planned urban/residential and recreational land use.”

He said urban expansion and residential land use can create an increased tax base, but it must be managed in a thoughtful and considerate way so as not to prevent agricultural businesses from making a living.

Redmann, a former Le Sueur-Henderson Schools classroom teacher, is executive director of LSH Youth Opportunities, a nonprofit providing out-of-school activities and programs for local youth.

He said his public involvement is guided by a single principle — “to make our area a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

“I would like to stress that I am not running against anyone in seeking this office. Rather, I have always viewed my candidacy simply as a continuation of my efforts to serve my community.”

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