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Ron Beaver running for supervisor

Candidate running as an independent

August 15, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News
Ron Beaver of rural Estherville is one of four candidates running for Emmet County supervisor in the Tuesday, Nov. 4 general election. Beaver is running as an independent. He said his reason for running is that members of the public asked him to run. He cites his experience working for the county secondary roads department among his qualifications. “After working with the county for 38 years I feel like I still have an interest in it,” said Beaver. Beaver is as close to lifelong resident as you can get. Born in California, his family moved to Emmet County when he was six months old. His brother Randy was previously a supervisor. Beaver emphasizes communication as what he sees as a key trait in a good supervisor. “To me it’s about communication and what’s best for the taxpayers of Emmet County,” said Beaver. Formerly secondary roads foreman, Beaver still works for the department October through March in addition to working for an area farmer. “I feel like I’ve got a very good working relationship with management there,” Beaver said. Beaver lauds his late brother Randy’s ability to relate to and work with people. “I don’t know if I’ll ever match up to him. He really had a different way of looking at things,” Beaver said, adding that the one thing they have in common is what’s best for county taxpayers. Addressing the question of taking some blacktop roads back to gravel, a recurring topic around the supervisor’s table, Beaver said there are advantages to both types of roads. He said blacktops just need snow removal in the winter while gravel roads need constant maintenance. On the other hand, blacktop roads are expensive when work has to be done. “It’s going to be kind of a wash, in a way,” Beaver said. Beaver also lauds Emmet County for the work it’s done on its roads and on other projects. “I’ve been proud of our county. I feel we’ve done a good job of maintaining what we have.” When asked if he would favor unified county law, Beaver said he would approve “if the communication was there. Everybody needs to work together — one way or another.” Beaver said he wishes luck to all the supervisor candidates.


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