Paul McDonald

Paul McDonald

Address: Ely

Age: 60

Occupation: Retired Educator-Vermilion Community College

Spouse/family: Spouse, Tracy, and daughters,Megan and Natalie

Memberships in organizations/clubs: Minnesota State College Faculty Legislative Steering Committee 25 years, MSHSL Board of Directors, Range Coaches and Officials Association, Knights of Columbus, President Minnesota Collegiate Athletic Conference 21 years Union Officer, Vermilion Community College Legislative Liaison

Past experience as a candidate: First experience running for an elected office

• Why are you running for this position?

My father, legendary basketball coach Bob McDonald, taught me two things: work hard and help others. A county commissioner should do just that. I’m a lifelong Iron Ranger with a true passion for Northeastern Minnesota. The 4th District pays nearly 25 percent of the property taxes. The area deserves fairness and equity.

• How do you define is the role of county commissioner?

The role of a county commissioner is to make sure the taxpayers of St. Louis County are treated fairly, with respect and their tax dollars are spent wisely. County commissioners are advocates for the people in the county and key policymakers for the people of St. Louis County.

• If elected, what will be your top 3 priorities?

The top 3 priorities are economic development, which includes broadband access, mental health issues including out of home placement of children, and the opioid crisis and getting our fair share in the 4th district when it comes to infrastructure and jobs.

• How would you involve citizens in the county’s decision making process?

I would like to establish a citizen’s road committee and hold listening sessions throughout the 4th District. By attending city, township and other area meetings, a commissioner obtains grass roots information from local elected officials. You need to be available to your constituents.

• What factors would you consider when looking at any type of reductions to the county’s budget?

You have to look at the efficiency of the program and how would reducing or cutting the program affect those who use it. Sometimes programs outlive their need and quality research needs to be done before reducing or eliminating programs.

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

I am a labor endorsed lifelong Iron Ranger who understands the people and needs of the 4th District. My strength has been the ability to bring diverse groups of people together for a decision that is best for everyone. You can count on me to be an advocate for you.

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Bernie Mettler

Bernie Mettler

Age: No answer

Address: Embarrass

Occupation: Recently Retired from St. Louis County Sheriff Department (25 years)

Spouse/family: Two adult sons, one adult daughter and two grandsons

Memberships in organizations/clubs, legislative committees: Embarrass Township Supervisor, Embarrass Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors, Embarrass Vermilion Federal Credit Union, Member Lions Club International (Babbitt)

Past experience as a candidate: None

• Why are you running for this position?

I have been a public servant for the last 28 years in my role as a law enforcement officer. It has been my goal for several years to continue to serve the community upon my retirement as the 4th District’s County Commissioner.

• How do you define is the role of county commissioner?

As a commissioner, my job is to advocate for the people I represent. To listen to the concerns and needs of the people in the district and to go back and work with the rest of the county board to see that those concerns and needs are addressed.

• If elected, what will be your top 3 priorities?

To see that taxpayers dollars aren’t being wasted. To see the county make more aggressive attempts to bring new businesses, be it by offering incentives or using county-owned properties as start up areas. To take the lead in developing a comprehensive plan. To get high-quality broadband access to all areas of the county.

• How would you involve citizens in the county’s decision making process?

I’ll make myself available. The office is in Ely. I intend to keep it there, plus have a mobile office and spend days in all areas of the district. I’ll make myself available if a township/town has a meeting and wants me there. Folks will have input, and I’ll know how folks feel.

• What factors would you consider when looking at any type of reductions to the county’s budget?

Factors: Is there a duplication of services? Could a service provided by the county be done better and with less cost to the taxpayer by a private contractor? There are basic services the county needs to provide. Final question: how to do this the best we can at the least cost to the taxpayer?

• What sets you apart from other candidates?

I know the area, people, issues. I’m a straight-talking, plain-speaking country boy. I’ve been a sheriff’s deputy, operated a sawmill, ran a Bobcat business, drove logging truck and raised livestock. I have government experience at the township level. I’m a common man with common sense with a genuine desire to help.

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