Originally published by the Bis-Man Chamber Connection’s Election Guide Issue. Questions by Chamber staff and answers submitted by our candidate, Leo Vetter.
- WHY ARE YOU RUNNING FOR COUNTY COMMISSION AND WHAT QUALIFIES YOU FOR THE POSITION?
I’m a lifelong Bismarck resident who at an early age started working in the family drywall business, worked at the State Auditor’s Office after college, and in the 80’s founded Vetter Homes Inc. with my wife, Diane – which we still operate today.
I’ve worked with our Congressional Delegations as part of the team that helped get legislation passed in 2017 to allow trailer cabin owners to remain on Lake Tschida.
I’m running for Burleigh County Commission because I believe my experience can translate well to help improve the speed of decision making, while still making smart decisions on complex issues, and to help save money for tax payers.
- WHAT IS YOUR TOP PRIORITY FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION TO ADDRESS IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS?
The work that the Commission has done over recent years has been pretty good. Look at Bismarck and the surrounding area – things are going pretty well. But there is always room to improve, become more efficient, and to find ways to cut spending.
My top priority is to use my decades of experience to help the commission go to the next level – to improve in many ways for all of Burleigh County.
- WHAT IS THE MOST SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGE TO THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY OF BURLEIGH COUNTY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE ADDRESSED?
The significant challenge may not be a specific issue – the county is far too complex to dial in to just one thing. There’s law enforcement; there’s roads; there’s property tax work that needs to get done. With my experience, my knowledge, I believe I can help advance the county to the next level on issues that are important to tax payers. And I believe I can help streamline Commission operations – and streamlining government is often good for business.