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Election 2012: Yet Another Addendum to the Soil & Water (Hennepin County) post!

November 2nd, 2012 (02:22 pm)

Our Star Trib voter's guide arrived the other day (yeah, I actually subscribe to a print edition of a newspaper) and to my immense shock, they actually had coverage of the Soil & Water race!

For your convenience, I will provide links AND a C&P of each candidate statement (they're short).

Soil and water supervisor Seat 1

Jeremy Haefs *
This office came out of Minnesota’s populist tradition as farmers demanded the state create it to improve agricultural output. As Minnesotans grew concerned with the threat of pollution, supervisors were also charged with protecting the quality of the state’s waters. I oppose the efforts of politicians to eliminate the Soil and Water Board through arguing for the need for consolidation of localized governments. The public’s demand for clean waters would be ill served by eliminating this simple and accessible elected body that has been charged solely with seeing to water quality. A kingdom for a horse, don’t forget this election.

Eleonore Wesserle
As Hennepin County citizens, our shared soil and water are fundamental to our lives. The food produced from our land base keeps us fed, the water we drink from our taps runs in our veins, and our fair use of these shared resources creates our vibrant, varied communities. But, if you’re like me, you probably have no idea how decision-making around these issues works. If you flip to the back of the ballot and elect me, I will work to strengthen outreach about the process, foster understanding of our respective roles, and engage more directly with you on these issues.

OK, when you say that you serve on a "simple and accessible body" BUT YOU HAVE NO CONTACT INFORMATION ON THE FREAKING INTERNET, you do not get my vote because you are a laughable hypocrite and clearly incompetent. Seriously.

Also, Eleanore Wesserle did e-mail me back, apologetically; she was out of the office recovering from surgery and that's why she didn't respond more promptly. She has a degree in Conservation Biology, a bunch of relevant work experience, and she plans to try to do outreach to the community to make the board more accessible. I feel a lot more confident in my endorsement of Wesserle now!

Soil and water supervisor Seat 3

Marjorie Holsten
I will seek a balance between good stewardship of our resources and excessive infringement on property rights.

Brian Peterson
One in five Minnesotans lives in Hennepin County. We share this densely populated space with more than 330 lakes and wetlands, and 11 major watersheds. In no other county is the preservation of our water quality, wildlife habitat and soil so crucial. With one seat left open in the previous election, it is clear that our county is in need of increased representation on this board. As a representative, I will advocate that the implementation of policies and projects will maximally benefit not only the longevity of our waters and public lands, but also our tax base and property values.

Yeah, still going with Peterson.

Soil and water supervisor Seat 4

Andrew K. Moller
We are fortunate to live in Hennepin County, where we have abundant open spaces, lakes, creeks, parks and miles of recreational trails. Preserving our soil and and water resources for current and future generations while keeping taxes as low as possible during these challenging economic times is my highest priority. Specifically, I will also focus on taking action to stop the spread of aquatic invasive species in our Hennepin County lakes. My private-sector background gives me the ability to accomplish the goal of conserving our soil and water natural resources in a financially prudent manner.

Richard B. Strong *
As a county supervisor and vice chair of Hennepin Soil and Water District last year, I gained valuable experience to effectively set policies for clean water in our county. Our county wetlands are the kidneys of clean, public water and as county supervisor, it is my duty to ensure that these waters are not unduly harmed. As our county grows, there is more pressure put on our wetlands. However, we need both growth and wetlands. I will continue to provide the best and most cost-effective services to the citizens of Hennepin County.

Still going with Strong, mostly because I was able to e-mail him and got a response.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday!


Posted by: Michael Lee (michaellee)
Posted at: November 3rd, 2012 01:18 pm (UTC)
south park

Thank you so much with this! (I was doing my own research)

Posted by: tadkil (tadkil)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)

About 25% of America still subscribes to a newspaper. We do at my house.

Just read High Stakes. Read Liberty's Daughter earlier this year. I just purchased Gift of the Winter King. I will get to your novels this year. You have a fan.

Posted by: Naomi (naomikritzer)
Posted at: November 4th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)

Awesome, thank you!

The third installment of Beck's story is going to be in F&SF sometime next year.

Posted by: Amy Wickberg Hines (ext_1480379)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)

Thank you so Much! I stumbled upon this site as I was researching the candidates and appreciate your insight. Your statements align with my own feelings and will be looking at your books.


Posted by: ecological and from wisconsin = (ecosconnie)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
creme brulee

Hello Naomi!

This is Eleonore Wesserle, resurrecting my years-old Livejournal account to comment here. :) Thanks so much for putting this together! Like I said in my email to you, this has been an eye-opening experience for me. I really thought I could swing it on my own, but I realize now that the assistance of a campaign manager or someone like that would have improved things greatly. If you or anyone else has any additional questions for me, please email me at fliptheballot@gmail.com. Thank you again!

Posted by: Lioness (elisem)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
elf hill

Hi! I'm going to vote for you tomorrow. ;-) I look forward to seeing what you can do in office.

Posted by: ecological and from wisconsin = (ecosconnie)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 07:45 pm (UTC)
creme brulee

Thank you so much! I'm looking forward to it, as well. :)

Posted by: Lioness (elisem)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
elf hill

Thank you a lot for the info here. Useful!

Posted by: dd-b (dd_b)
Posted at: November 5th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)

Thanks for sharing your research! So far we haven't found conflicting indications (not just this post, I've been making a last pass through everything today).

Posted by: Maria Jette (Maria Jette)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 05:56 pm (UTC)

Thanks VERY much for this. I'd reached the same conclusions, but like you, was vacillating on the Eleonore question, thinking that an inoffensive incumbent with actual experience might be a safe bet. Your communication with her pushed us (me & my husband) over to HER! This is the first time that we'll go in to vote with proper advance knowledge of the Soil & Water candidates-- I usually forget all about them, which then leaves me with a horrid guilty feeling.

Posted by: rahasya (svairini)
Posted at: November 6th, 2012 10:04 pm (UTC)

Thanks so much for this resource Naomi. I was despairing of being able to cast an informed vote and you came to the rescue!

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