There will be a race for the District 5 commission seat in Faribault County this November.
Ironically, results of the last general election four years ago helped 54-year-old Paul Bach of Walnut Lake Township make his decision.
"I wasn't even a candidate and got 25 write-in votes. I didn't vote for myself, I voted for Tom (Warmka)," he says.
It's the first time Bach has run for office.
He says many people have encouraged him to challenge Warmka, a three-term incumbent.
"He's done a good job. But, it could be people just want change and it's time to give someone else a chance," he says.
"Today, I got seven phone calls from people saying they're happy I'm running. I just want to give voters an alternative," he adds.
A 1976 graduate of Mapleton High School, Bach served in the U.S. Marines.
He also received a certificate in the truck driving program offered at Riverland Community College in Austin.
Bach believes his experience in the trucking industry, as a farmer and construction will help him as a commissioner.
"I've had a lot of experience in fixing gravel roads and installing drainage tile," he says.
Bach describes himself as being a fast learner who is willing to gather information before making a decision.
"I'm a good listener. I want people to have their say. The taxpayers are the ones who pay the bills," he says. "I have the patience, time and dedication needed to do a good job." In addition to keeping an eye on spending, Bach says water drainage issues and controlling water flowing downstream needs to be addressed before the U.S. Corps of Engineers issues mandates.
Bach and his wife Denise have been married for 27 years, living 26 of those years in Faribault County.
They have two grown daughters, ages 24 and 25, and one grandson.
Currently, Bach is post commander of Legion Post No. 210 in Wells, a member of the Wells Rifle and Pistol Club and Wells and Faribault County historical societies.
District 5 includes the cities of Bricelyn, Kiester, Minnesota Lake and Walters and townships of Brush Creek, Foster, Kiester, Minnesota Lake, Seely and Walnut Lake.
So far, only incumbents have filed for the other two commission seats up for election.
District 1 Commissioner John Roper is seeking his second four-year term and District 3 Commissioner Bill Groskreutz is running for a third term.
Also, no one has yet filed for the soil and water supervisor positions in District 1 and 4.
Deadline to file is 5 p.m.on Tuesday.