Chuck Anderson (write-in) Burnett County Board candidate • District 9
Chuck Anderson, Burnett County Board, 9th District
Chuck Anderson, owner/operator of the 10th Hole at Yellow Lake Golf Course is a write-in candidate for the 9th district to replace retiring county board supervisor Wayne Burmeister. Anderson draws on his business experience and strong ties to the community to explain what makes him a good candidate. He gets involved: he served on the original Business Recreation Council years ago, he was vice-president of the Wonderland Snowmobile Club (one of the first of its kind in the area), and he served as President of the Burnett County Tavern League for 25 years.
However, it was his personal background that prompted his last-minute candidacy. “I have a son in the military fighting for our freedom… for our right to vote,” Anderson explained. “In this free country, it just wasn’t right that nobody was running for this office,” he said, referring to Burmeister’s seat. “We need a voice on the board. My dad always told me to be willing to put my money where my mouth is.”
Anderson is a family man who loves the area. He and his wife Sheila raised four children, and now they have “a whole bunch of grandkids and even some great-grandkids,” Anderson said. He’s concerned because he feels like the county has lost sight of making tourists feel welcome here.
“Our economy is based primarily on a service industry,” Anderson said, “and now I’m hearing from all kinds of people, ‘Don’t go to Burnett County.’” Claiming that a combination of factors has tarnished the county’s appeal to visitors, he’s specifically concerned about the reputation of law enforcement (“Maybe they’ve gone just a little bid overboard”) and the tax situation (“Rising property taxes forced a lot of our resorts out of business”). Anderson suggests that what the county needs is someone who is in touch with the visitors on a day-to-day basis.
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