Erichsrud won’t run
The past three-plus years Faribault County commissioner Butch Erichsrud has enjoyed serving the public and attending meetings.
On Monday, he spent the morning dealing with county ditch issues and was still hard at it after lunch.
Health issues and the fact he’ll be celebrating another birthday in May, Erichsrud has decided not to seek re-election to another four-year term in November.
“It was a very hard decision. The past couple of weeks I’ve been mulling everything over,” he says. “I would just like to thank the people of District 2 for helping and supporting me.”
Erichsrud says since January he has been giving a lot of thought to his future on the county board.
“I fully intended to serve two terms. But, I just decided the time has come to leave,” he says.
Erichsrud was elected in 2006 after surviving a September primary that had six candidates on the ballot.
A political newcomer, Erichsrud quickly learned the hours in public service are long; a 25-hour work week is not uncommon.
“It’s a lot more some weeks,” he says.
The 68-year-old Erichsrud admits the duties of a commissioner may be more than he expected.
It truly has been a learning experience, he says, the inner workings of government and how regulations and mandates can hand-tie officials.
“I never realized the amount of time that is spent on researching things,” he adds.
While Erichsrud’s announcement not to run may seem a little early, anyone thinking about seeking a county office will have less time to make a decision.
Because the state has moved up its primaries to Aug. 10, candidates will have to file for office six weeks earlier than in the past.
Filings will open on May 18 andclose on June 1, and there is a $50 fee.
At least one person has been thinking about possibly running for the District 2 seat.
Blue Earth businessman Mike Enger says he hasn’t completely closed the door on the idea.
“There is part of me that’s interested. But, right now I don’t think so. However, that may change,” he says.
District 2 includes the townships of Verona, Pilot Grove and Jo Daviess, as well as Wards 1 and 2 in Blue Earth.
Other county offices up for election will be the Sheriff Mike Gormley; Auditor-treasurer John Thompson; County Attorney Brian Roverud; Recorder Nancy Huff; and District 4 Commissioner Tom Loveall. All positions are four-year terms.