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Many of us are tired of the partisan politics at the national level and feel we're powerless to facilitate needed change.

We forget we do have power. Our vote gives each of us incredible power when we take time to educate ourselves about candidates and exercise our right to vote. Making change at the national level starts with voting in our local elections, which have a more direct impact on our daily lives.

Each vote will be extremely important this fall, beginning with Primary elections on Aug. 14.

Residents in District 4, Houston County (townships of La Crescent, Hokah and Brownsville) have a unique situation this year. Three candidates are running against the incumbent, Teresa Walter.

Even if you haven't followed county business for the last four years, seeing three people step forward to run against Walter speaks volumes about the need for a change. While Teresa may be a nice person and has dedicated many years to public service, she has supported decisions that were not in the best interest of the citizens she was elected to serve.

Unfortunately, one of the three candidates seeking to replace Walter is Bob Scanlan, who resigned in 2015 as zoning administrator for Houston County and was suspended for three days in 2014 involving conduct toward county citizens.

Ken Visger is the most qualified candidate for District 4 county commissioner. His experience in business, government and civic groups along with his personal integrity, commitment to responsible service and open mind to think creatively and consider all options will serve us well. Please vote for Ken Visger Aug. 14th.

Jim and Cindy Hobelsberger, La Crescent


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