Both eligible commissioners to rule for the 2018 re-election

By John Holler Correspondent

The filing period for the two Wright County Commissioner seats up for election in November – District 1 Commissioner Christine Husom and District 3 Commissioner Mark Daleiden – starts Tuesday, May 22 and runs through Tuesday, June 5. I t ’ s unclear how many people will file to run for the positions, but one thing is certain – Husom and Daleiden will both be seeking re-election.

When they both came on the Wright County Board in 2012, there were four new commissioners and all five had to run for election because of redistricting rules. Daleiden and Husom were required to stagger the election cycle, so they had to run for re-election again in 2014 after serving two-year terms.

Daleiden was on the fence about running again until recently, but said he has some unfinished business to take care of before he calls it a career as a commissioner.

“I want to make sure that the technology needs of the county are healthy before I step away,” Daleiden said. “We’ve come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. We’ve had a lot of difficulty hiring people in the technology field. It’s been a nightmare, because we’re competing with every county and every private company.”

Daleiden said the county’s problems with keeping up with technology was due in part to the economic recession that hit in the second half of the last decade and a county board that wasn’t interested in having the latest technological advancements – a 1-2 punch that set the county behind the times for the last decade and prompted his decision to run again.

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