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Vereide, Nelson file for county offices

By Staff | Jun 1, 2010

Rob Nelson

It’s a good thing Blue Earth’s police chief kept his campaign signs from the last sheriff’s election.

He’ll be able to put them to good use, again.

Dean Vereide has filed to challenge incumbent Mike Gormley.

Vereide says he decided to run for sheriff because many of the same issues four years ago still exist.

“There’s no leadership and direction. Everybody seems to just go with the flow,” he says. “We have to control the budget and watch spending.”

Vereide questions whether squad cars that are purchased should come equipped with spoilers or whether pickups need mag wheels.

The police chief says now that the new jail is open, it’s the sheriff’s responsibility to make sure it is run efficiently.

“We have the same amount of prisoners as before, but twice the staff,” he adds.

In the District 4 commissioner’s race, Rob Nelson of rural Winnebago will run against incumbent Tom Loveall, also of rural Winnebago.Nelson is the owner of a commercial vineyard that supplies Minnesota wineries.

Since 2002, he has served on the county’s Economic Development Authority board.

Nelson says he’s running for the commissioner’s seat because residents in the district need someone with fresh ideas.

“I’ll offer a new perspective on issues. You are more likely to find me listening than talking,” he says. “I’ll be open-minded and accessible to the residents.”

Nelson says he will run a traditional campaign of going door-to-door to meet people and will use yard signs.

In addition, Nelson has developed a website to allow interested persons to get more information about his candidacy: voterobnelson.com.

District 4 includes the cities of Delavan, Easton and Winnebago, as well as the townships of Barber, Delavan, Lura, Prescott and Winnebago.

The deadline to file for county offices is June 1 and there is a $50 fee.