Kandiyohi County District 2 voters have a commissioner choice between incumbent Richard Larson of Willmar or first-time candidate William Graves of Willmar. District 4 incumbent Dennis Peterson is running unopposed.
The District 2 race is really a choice between a 12-year county commissioner who has done a good job and a successful business owner who commends the incumbent's work and experience, but believes it is time for a change.
Larson's county board service has been sound and beneficial for his district and the county. The West Central Tribune believes Larson has earned re-election.
Graves is an interesting candidate with good business acumen, which has brought him financial success. He has legitimate concerns about the state of the economy and related impact on the state and the county budget. He is sincere about seeking public service and wanting to be a "good steward" of the taxpayers' money.
However, Larson has significant experience -- first as Willmar city assessor and second as a county commissioner. He has been long-term supporter of the Kandiyohi Tobacco Coalition, working to reduce tobacco use.
Larson seeks to serve the county's residents fairly and to be fiscally prudent. He understands the importance of agriculture in the county as well as being a good steward of our natural resources.
The West Central Tribune endorses Larson and Peterson for re-election to the Kandiyohi County Board.