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District 4 candidate: Jeremy Hurd

Jeremy Hurd, Attorney at Orman Nord & Hurd

Jeremy is married to Tricia and has two daughters, Kennedy and Alicia. He graduated from Two Harbors High School and received his bachelor of arts from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a double major in political science and history. He graduated from the University of North Dakota law school in 2000. He has served on the Two Harbors Economic Development Authority, Two Harbors Development Fund board and the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He was a sergeant at arms and an intern for the Minnesota House of Representatives and completed the Leadership Duluth program.

Q: Why did you choose to run for the vacant District 4 seat?

A: I chose to run because I have a passion for Lake County. I was born and raised here, and the good Lord willing, I will remain. I have a great respect for Paul Bergman and hope to carry on his hard work and commitment to the people of southwestern Lake County. When he passed away, the torch needed to be picked up and carried on. I saw the vacancy as an opportunity to make a difference for the greater good.

Q: What unique qualities will you bring to the position?

A: I am honored to serve on both the Two Harbors Development Authority and the Two Harbors Development Fund. I am also a member of the Two Harbors Chamber of Commerce and have served on its board of directors. I have gained valuable experience by working with the diverse community of interest who seek to improve our economic future. Also, my experience is as a private business owner. I know good leaders and good employees are both key to efficiency. A good leader listens to all interested parties and fosters open communication. I encourage that environment because it is the best way to improve efficiency and cooperation towards a goal. Also, as a business owner, I have a firm grasp of the importance of making sure every dollar works as hard as possible in today's economic climate.

Q: What are the most pressing issues for the county?

A: Good governance does not have a finish line. It requires constant learning, adaptation, and balancing of interests. The most pressing overall issue for our County is to position ourselves on the front of the curve of a rapidly changing economic environment rather than finding ourselves in a position of reacting to change that has already occurred. We must diversify our economy so that our quality of life is not greatly affected by change in any one sector. Consistency is the key to maintaining stable revenue needed to provide the important services performed by our dedicated county employees.