Potential county challenger still unsure of plans

Published 12:14 pm Friday, June 1, 2012

To run, or not to run?

That is still the question Grand Meadow resident Polly Glynn is asking herself as the June 5 deadline to file for public office approaches.

“I’m strongly considering it, and I know I have until the fifth to make my final decision,” she said Thursday.

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Glynn recently attended a chamber event on running for office. If she files, she would challenge Ray Tucker in District 2.

As of press time Friday, only incumbents Tucker, who is seeking his fifth term, and District 1 Commissioner Tim Gabrielson, had filed for county board posts.

Gabrielson has said he doesn’t think there’s one banner issue in the 2012 county elections, but talked recently about many issues related to the economy.

“There’s just been so many ups and downs on everything,” he said.

Gabrielson noted one of the biggest challenges will be getting costs in line in the Human Services Department, which takes up a large portion of the county’s budget.

When the economy is poor, he noted, it means more costs in Health and Human Services.

Another issue is unfunded mandates in Human Services and other departments. Unfunded mandates refer to services required but not funded by the state.

Despite issues with state funding, Gabrielson said economic factors are a key. As for people looking to run, Gabrielson said they should have thick skin and patience.

“They better have a lot of patience because there’s so much frustration out there with how the economy is,” Gabrielson said.

In other county positions, Jon W. Erichson filed for Soil and Water supervisor in District 5. As of press time Friday, no one had filed in Districts 1 and 2.