I have had the privilege of serving the citizens of Scott County as a commissioner on the county board for 12 years. One of the responsibilities of the county board is to carefully review and pass the budgets of all the various departments in the county, including the county attorney’s. Six of my 12 years as a commissioner were during the period of time that Mr. Terwedo was the county attorney. One thing I noticed was Mr. Terwedo, during his time as county attorney, traveled to many various conferences around the country, including at least one to Hawaii. This was done on the taxpayers’ dollar.
I am writing as someone concerned about the upcoming local election. Working for the sheriff’s office from 1976 to 1998, and the city of Savage for eight years, I have worked with, and witnessed the quality of work of both candidates seeking the position of county attorney.
We have had the pleasure of knowing Kevin Burkart since he was a boy, he was a friend our daughters, as well as the son of a dear friend. He has always been one of those people that is involved and committed to do good. As we watched him grow into adulthood his dedication to the community was apparent. One example of this commitment is his skydiving to raise money for Parkinson’s disease. His involvement has raised more than $250,000 and changed the lives of countless people.
As we head into the election Nov. 4, everybody should think about the choice they need to make. There’s a stark contrast between the directions that both parties will take us, and this is an important election for determining which path will succeed. The key to making the choice is to look at what each party has done in the past.