Why I am running for Meeker County Commissioner, District 5:
There is a serious lack of transparency in local Government, my desire is to restore peoples faith and trust by bringing open and honest contact with the people of Meeker County. We as citizens watch jobs get outsourced, taxes are raised, gas and food prices go up and our pay checks go down. And what happens? Our property taxes are raised to help compensate over spending, AGAIN.
It is time for Meeker County to start living within its means, after all we as citizens do! No more nepotism, no more back room deals, no more Hatfield & McCoys. Lets clean this place up and make Meeker County a place where businesses WANT to come, families WANT to stay, and where all people are treated as equals, big and small.
I firmly believe that it is the responsibility of ALL ELECTED OFFICALS to protect the values and interests of our ways of life. We are not that much different you and I, we work, raise a family, go to church, and give our neighbor a hand when he needs it. We dont want to worry about sending a bigger portion of our paychecks to government every year!
Will we always see eye to eye? Probably not. But we can choose to make a difference by speaking out and stepping up to make the tough choices and I promise to do my best to help local government live within its means.
~ Benjamin Smith
About me: Born and raised here north of Grove City, I grew up on our family farm raising hogs, turkeys, and crop farming and worked construction and have few years truck driving experience.
I served 5 years with the Meeker Co. Sheriff's Dept. as a reserve deputy. Also in 2010 and 2012 I was elected to serve as a delegate to District and State for Meeker County's Republican party and currently am a vice-chair to the Meeker County Reublican party BPOU.
My wife and I, with our 6 kids live north of Grove City on Highway 4 on a small hobby farm.
I am currently employed at Forsman Farms in Cokato working in the trucking, shipping and recieving departments.