Mark Piepho has been in politics for over 30 years. He will soon finish up his first term as district three commissioner and he hopes to return to serve another 4 years. Piepho says, "This is local government that's closer to people and I think it works best when its closest to people as much as possible and we definitely have that with county government. And I want to pursue those ideals."
But he's not the only one interested in representing this district. Wood says, "When I go door–knocking people are just very supportive I'm very blessed to be in Mankato and have such a wonderful community."
Caroline Wood may be new to politics, but she's no stranger to service. She's also no stranger to controversy. In 2011, Wood faced felony charges for animal mistreatment after shooting her neighbor's dog. She says she would support anyone acting in their own self–defense and says the people that know her are understanding of the situation.
Despite the event she calls unfortunate, she still believes her diverse background would be an asset for the commission. Wood says, "I believe as a veteran as a female and with my aging studies background and also being an advocate for women that that's all for very strong things that aren't very represented right now."
The candidates with face off October 17th in a forum at the Americinn Hotel and Conference Center.