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O'Connell running for county board as write-in

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Brian O’Connell worked in local government in four states for over 35 years.

“I’ve interacted with elected officials for most of my life,” he said.

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Now, it’s his turn to be an elected official, as he is running for a write-in candidate on Tuesday, April 1, for District 11 for the Pierce County Board of Supervisors. District 11 is made up of the Town of Ellsworth, Ward 1, and the Village of Ellsworth, Ward 2 and 4.

Greg Place is the current supervisor, but chose not to seek re-election and no other candidates filed by the January deadline.

O’Connell said he was unaware of the January deadline before deciding to run, but since then has been making appearances at town and village meetings within the district letting people know he is a candidate.

O’Connell is a Spring Valley High School graduate who earned his Bachelor’s degree from UW-River Falls in 1974 in geography.

He then earned his Masters' from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., in Regional Community Planning which launched his career in local government, with stops in River Falls, Ames, Ia., Northfield, Minn., and Garden City, Kansas.

O’Connell said most of those years were as a department manager for land development or zoning.

“It was a good, rewarding, well-rounded career,” he said. “You learned a lot about what worked and what didn’t.”

For more please read the March 19 print version of the Herald. 

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Jason Schulte
Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts with his wife and two daughters. 
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