Elections 2010: Soil and Water
So, I have a rule of thumb I use to eliminate some candidates right off the bat. If I can find nothing out about you with Google (so, you have no website, no web presence, and haven't bothered filling out the questionnaires for the voter's guides) then you are clearly not a serious candidate. This particularly comes into play with the offices like Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor, where the races get almost no coverage.
The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sends a questionnaire to all SWCD candidates, and you can find the responses from the Hennepin County people here. In District 2, Amber Collett and Scott Tracy both responded. In District 4, David Rickert responded. Hilariously, one of the best sites for additional information on the Soil and Water people is Fraters Libertas, a conservative group blog that does endorsements for Soil & Water every election cycle. Their info is here.
The bottom line is that in District 4, only David Rickert bothered to fill out the questionnaire, and he sounds basically sane and experienced so he gets my endorsement.
In District 2, Amber Collett and Scott Tracy both filled it out. Collett seems young and energetic (she has a Facebook page for her campaign). Scott Tracy has previous experience (he held the same position in Scott County in 2008). Fraters Libertas endorsed Scott because they loathe Amber for being involved in this public works project in Minneapolis where they were supposed to build very artsy drinking fountains. As a tax-and-spend liberal I kind of liked that project, but my inclination is still to vote for Scott Tracy as he has some substantive experience doing this actual job in what sounds like a reasonably competent manner.