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Paul Anderson to seek re-election to county board

Although filings for public offices don't open until May18, it appears there will be a race for at least one Douglas County Board of Commissioners position.

Incumbent Douglas County Commissioner Paul Anderson announced on Friday that he intends to file for re-election.

Anderson has been serving the county board for 12 years and feels that with the present economy, this is not the time to quit.

Anderson is active in rural county issues, serving on the board of directors of the Association of Minnesota Counties (AMC) and is chair of District 4 of AMC, which consists of 11 west central counties.

Anderson said the county board's challenge is to address the main issues, which include the local economy and to closely monitor spending in an effort to keep the county's budget in line.

He added that it is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Douglas County and to hold the line on spending by being involved in all facets of government service.

Another candidate who has announced his intention to file for the District 4 position is Steve Hensley of Alexandria.

In a paid political letter to the newspaper, Hensley said that local government has lost touch with residents and there was too much frivolous spending.

District 4 includes Alexandria's Wards 1, 2 and 4, the city of Forada and Hudson Township.

Two other positions on the board are up for election this year - Districts 2 and 5, currently held by Norm Salto and Dan Olson.

Four county elected positions will also be on the ballot - sheriff, auditor/ treasurer, recorder and attorney.