By Brian Ojanpa
Free Press Staff Writer
ST PETER — In the race for the District 2 seat on the Nicollet County Board, 14-year incumbent James Stenson is being challenged by Oshawa Township Chairman David Johnson.
Stenson said being a certified public accountant has significantly helped him with the county’s budget process and in analyzing an array of financial issues.
“Every year the budget process is the most challenging issue facing the county ... while the state continues to reduce state financial aid,” he said.
As a board member, Stenson said he has taken a special interest in child protection and education and said he wants to continue to chair the county’s Criminal Justice Committee.
He said the county’s efforts to assist families dealing with problems necessarily involves an encompassing support system, including the 4-H organization and the public health and community health departments.
Johnson, an employee of a waste and recycling company, thinks his years as an elected township official have provided him with the background and knowledge required of a county commissioner.
He said he has worked on the township’s annual levy and budgets and worked with governmental agencies to obtain grants following the 1998 tornado and more recent flooding.
“State and federal mandated funding and maintaining property tax level will continue to be a challenge while managing the requirements, needs and wants of all county departments,” he said.
He said if elected he would take a special interest in the promotion and growth of agriculture and industry in the county.
District 2 includes the townships of Brighton, Granby and Oshawa; St. Peter Ward 2, Precinct 1 and St. Peter Ward 2, Precinct 2.