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Flurry of filings on first day

By Staff | May 23, 2010

Al Travis Thielfoldt is the first to file for a county office Tuesday morning as Liz Boettcher of the auditor/treasurer’s office and his two sons Tate (center) and Austin look on. To see more photographs of this event, log on to http://cu.faribaultcountyregister.com

On the first day of filing, two people filled out affidavit of candidacy forms for the District 2 county commissioner’s seat.

Al Travis Thielfoldt, 45, of Blue Earth was at the Faribault County Courthouse bright and early Tuesday morning.

Thielfoldt and his two sons, 9-year-old Tate and 7-year-old Austin, waited patiently for the County Auditor/Treasurer’s Office window to open exactly at 8 a.m.

Although Thielfoldt has always had an interest in politics, he’s never run for an office before.

“The last five or six years I’ve been thinking seriously about running,” he says. “I feel the time is right to get in and make a difference.”

For the past 16 years, Thielfoldt has operated his marketing company, Innovative Marketing Techniques.

To many, Thielfoldt is better known as Al Travis — host and producer of thecable television show, “Between the Lines.”

A longtime broadcaster in television and radio, Thielfoldt believes his experience interviewing and discussing state issues with legislators has prepared him to help tackle concerns facing the county board.

Thielfoldt says he has the time it takes to do the research and amount of work the job will require.

“I think I can get everybody rolling in the same direction and do what’s best for the residents of the county. Sometimes we get lost in our own little worlds,” he says.

While he wants to provide a voice of the residents of Blue Earth, Thielfoldt says he’ll listen to anyone who has a concern.

“I hope like heck anyone who has an idea or a problem talks to me. I want to communicate with everyone,” he adds.

Thielfoldt likes what Go Minnesota is trying to do to spur economic development in the county.

He says local officials have to identify what the county’s assets are and put them to good use.

“There are great opportunities we can take advantage of to move forward,” he says. “We have to sell ourselves to others on what we have and exploit that.”

Thielfoldt and his wife, Stephanie, have been married 15 years and also have a third son, Connor, 13.

District 2 includes the townships of Verona, Pilot Grove and Jo Daviess, as well as Wards 1 and 2 in Blue Earth.

Milton Steele also filed for the District 2 seat on Tuesday, while Greg Young filed later in the week.

First-term incumbent Butch Erichsrud has indicated he will not seek re-election.