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Richard Anderson retains Beltrami County District 3 seat against Brian Merschman

Earning nearly 60% of the votes, current Beltrami County Commissioner Richard Anderson earned his third term to represent District 3 with a victory over Brian Merschman in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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BEMIDJI — Earning nearly 60% of the votes, current Beltrami County Commissioner Richard Anderson earned his third term to represent District 3 with a victory over Brian Merschman in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Anderson, 75, won by a 2,169 to 1,449 margin this year and has represented District 3 since he was first elected in 2011. His most recent reelection was in 2018 when he ran unopposed.

“I’m feeling good and really pleased that people valued what I have done for the last 11 years on the board and put me back in for another four years,” Anderson said. “I feel very thankful.”

With years of experience as a commissioner, Anderson is excited to be serving the county in another term and is prepared to continue bringing his strengths to the table like problem-solving, negotiation and relationship building.

“I think I have the ability to look at a situation or a problem, recognize it and then spend my energy and time looking for solutions to that problem,” he added.

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In this coming term, Anderson is mostly looking forward to getting to know the new members and commissioners of the board and working together to reshape politics for the greater good of the county.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the new members and developing a working relationship so that we can beat out the old politics we've had in the state, as far as not working together and leaning in all one direction,” Anderson said. “The board we had before was good, but I'm looking forward to this new board being more non-judgemental and working on county issues instead of more federal issues.”

Anderson said he planned to celebrate his reelection on Wednesday night by getting dinner with his wife and gathering the signs from the gracious people who proudly agreed to display them in their yards.

“It's good to be a commissioner of Beltrami County,” Anderson said. “There are lots of good people here.”

Maggi is a reporter at the Bemidji Pioneer focusing on outdoor and human interest stories. Raised in Aitkin, Minnesota, Maggi is a graduate of Bemidji State University's class of 2022 with a degree in Mass Communication.
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