A look at the candidates vying in Districts 2, 3 and 5.
Six Anoka County Board seats are up for grabs on Nov. 6, thanks to redistricting. Jim Kordiak is the only incumbent who will not have to run for reelection. Districts 2, 3 and 5 feature some familiar names and fascinating races.
Carol LeDoux vs. Scott Bromley
Carol LeDoux knew she had a tough act to follow. Two years ago she was elected to the county board seat vacated by her late husband, one-time heavyweight boxing contender Scott LeDoux, one of the most popular figures in county history. LeDoux's campaign slogan then was "continue the fight."
"Authentic leaders welcome good ideas and recognize they come from a diverse set of perspectives," she says. "Successful businesses, CEOs and leaders recognize that collaboration is necessary to meet common goals.
"This, briefly, is what is missing in government today. Partisanship has polarized the political process so citizens can no longer expect their officials to accomplish the work they have been elected to do. Our citizens deserve better," she says.
Scott Bromley, owner of Bromley Printing and founder of Anoka County Farms in Ham Lake, says it is vital that Anoka County attract new businesses, in addition to protecting the county's existing businesses.
"Making smart investments and maintaining business-friendly tax policies will help improve the economic climate here in the county, with more robust businesses, better business prospects, more jobs," he says.
Last year, Bromley was appointed to serve as a manager on the Coon Creek Watershed District.
He had violated a wetland-conservation cease-and-desist order seven years before, but had since complied with "restoration orders," according to a letter from the Army Corp of Engineers.
Bromley says he has served on the boards of several foundations. He also says he grew up in Anoka County and hopes "voters are excited by my candidacy, because I am excited to have the opportunity to serve them."
LeDoux says she holds a degree in Management Ethics and started her first business when she was 15.
She says she has worked for small businesses and Fortune 100 companies and has "learned how to meet the challenges we face today."
Andy Westerberg vs. Julie Braastad
Julie Braastad, a Ham Lake council member, says she feels the county board "is moving in the right direction." But she says the county "must begin to aggressively decrease" its debt of $210 million. She wants commissioners to become more active as lobbyists and wants the county to "stop wasting money on losing efforts like the Northstar commuter rail."
Braastad would like to see the county and its cities share assets -- including equipment, services, even employees.
Among her proudest accomplishments: She says she stopped Met Council's efforts to bring city sewer and water to Ham Lake, "which would have compromised the city's financial stability." She claims to have implemented a paperless process for City Council agenda items, saving expense and time. And she takes credit for bringing the reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to Ham Lake City Council meetings.