■ District 5
Hasskamp files for county board
Former DFL state Rep. Kris Hasskamp decided Tuesday to make a second bid for the Crow Wing County Board seat she sought in a special election in 2007.
Filing Tuesday, she is one of five candidates for the post. In 2007 she survived the primary but was defeated by incumbent Commissioner Doug Houge in the general election.
She said Cuyuna Range area residents would benefit from the knowledge, expertise and relationships she has with local, state and federal elected officials from all political viewpoints. The director of the C-I Youth in Government and Civics Project described herself as a proactive problem solver and a bridge builder who could leverage the influence she has acquired and focus on the needs of county residents.
“People are not happy,” Hasskamp said. “Most important, they want fresh new changes on the county board level, maybe problem-solvers who can get things done.”
She called for the need to protect the environment while still being open to business and industry.
Hasskamp, 61, of Rabbit Lake Township, served six terms in the Minnesota House. In addition to the Crosby-Ironton School District program she runs, Hasskamp serves as a substitute teacher and works as a reflexologist.
She said in her statement she “struggled in making this decision because I personally like Doug Houge and I know he is doing his best.”
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