Goldsmith running for Orrock Supervisor

Staff Writer
Jennifer Edwards
Gary Goldsmith, who has lived in Orrock Township for 18 years, is running for election for the Orrock Township Board of Supervisors Tuesday, March 11. 
Elections will be held at the Orrock Township Hall, located at 26401 180th Street, just off Co. Rd. 4, east of the Sand Dunes Stop. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. The election will be followed by the townships annual meeting at 8:10 p.m.
Goldsmith earned his bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls and his law degree from the U. of M. He practiced law for 11 years before beginning a career in public service. He worked for the Minnesota Historical Society as head of their contracting and purchasing office. He then moved to the campaign finance and public disclosure board he is now Executive Director, managing a staff of nine and a bipartisan board which regulates campaign financing for state elections.
Goldsmith has filed for the seat being vacated by Chair Jeff Jones, who opted not to seek re-election this year. Goldsmith says he hopes his years of experience will help bring the town board to a higher level of professionalism. He has been following township meetings and listening to the issues for the past several years.
“I do hope my experience will allow me to lead the town board to a position of trust and respect as a governing body,” he said.
Among Goldsmith’s concerns for the lack of a well developed plan for road maintenance and the fact that no maintenance has been done for the past few years.
“Engineering studies show that the overall cost of road maintenance is minimized when an ongoing program of maintenance and repair is implemented,” he said.
While fire safety services and general  operations are stable, Goldsmith says the main variable in the levy is the amount of roadwork undertaken. 
Goldsmith would like to see property taxes kept at a reasonable level and promises to work with the township engineer and other supervisors to develop long-term road maintenance plans and projections designed to keep the levy at its lowest while ensuring the roads are maintained to minimize the need for rebuilding projects.
Also running unopposed is Clerk Brenda Kimberly Maas. Maas has been doing the job for the last three years after winning the position from former Clerk Greg Westgaard.
In Big Lake Township, Bruce Aubol is the only candidate to file for his position on the board. Voting in the township is at the town hall in Lions Park on Co. Rd. 5.


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