SARTELL -- A two-term incumbent on the Stearns County Board of Commissioners is facing a challenge from a former city council member and mayor of Sartell. Joe Perske is looking to unseat Mark Bromenschenkel in District 2. Perske says his experience in city government would serve him well at the county level...

I consider myself a zealous moderate.  There's always room in the middle to find things out and work things out.  You know, you need to roll up your sleeves and put aside the partisan side of things, put aside any personal grievances you've had with each other.  You're there working for the people, you're there to serve and somewhere in there there's the best answer and let's try to work together to find it.

Bromenschenkel says he wants to continue watching out for county taxpayers and part of that includes lobbying the state to scale back the un-funded mandates handed down to the local level...

We get all these mandates that come down and they'll pay for them to start with and then all of a sudden, guess what? It's all on the county's shoulders.  Or, maybe it's not even to start with them paying for it.  We're just mandated to take care of it.  They're basically balancing their budget on the county's shoulders.

Bromenschenkel is seeking his third term. Perske last ran for office in 2014 when he entered the race for 6th District Congress.

District 2 includes portions of St. Joseph, Sartell, and Waite Park.