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By Ronnie Herne
Sad, isn’t it, what passes for erudite evaluation as elections near. Rumor has it that Commissioner Bob Main is seriously offended to think that county employee Randy Sanne (SAY-nee) would dare challenge Main for his commissioner position. At a recent Board of Commissioners meeting two of the commissioners took turns interrupting Sanne, who is budget-wise, while he was presenting information on the fifty million dollars or so we have in surplus in our county budget. (Yes, you read that right.) They rudely accused Sanne of politicking and campaigning. Really?
Two of the three commissioners have served only a few months of their appointed terms. Perhaps Main, now completing his third year, might recall that Randy Sanne started appearing at commissioner meetings a full three years ago when Nikki and Kevin were still up there. At that point running for the position of commissioner had not yet entered his head. He just knew that numerous issues needed to be addressed and not enough people were doing it. So he stepped in. I guess Main has forgotten, and Parry and Messerle were too busy back then to pay any attention to the commissioners’ business. Randy Sanne should be congratulated for taking a stand, not castigated for speaking out.
More in the same vein: Bob Main spent seventeen thousand dollars of his own money to get elected last time and, reportedly, has said he will spend even more this time. Spend what you like, Bob. All of those one-time backers that you eventually turned your back on, lied to, ignored, defamed, laughed at, and worse are gone. They won’t come back. And you can bet they’ll give Randy Sanne a really good chance to prove his mettle.