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Arthaud seeks seat on county board

Carla Arthaud is challenging incumbent Russ Hoff for the District 4 seat on the Stark County Commissioners. Arthaud, a lifelong resident of southwest North Dakota, has worked for MBI Energy Services, and formerly owned Bogey's Diner. "I grew up o...

Carla Arthaud is pursing the District 4 seat on the Board of Stark County Commissioners. A lifelong resident of southwest North Dakota, Arthaud said the county's current officials lack "approachability" and transparency. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)
Carla Arthaud is pursing the District 4 seat on the Board of Stark County Commissioners. A lifelong resident of southwest North Dakota, Arthaud said the county's current officials lack "approachability" and transparency. (Brandon L. Summers / The Dickinson Press)

Carla Arthaud is challenging incumbent Russ Hoff for the District 4 seat on the Stark County Commissioners.

Arthaud, a lifelong resident of southwest North Dakota, has worked for MBI Energy Services, and formerly owned Bogey's Diner.

"I grew up on a farm and ranch," she said. "I've got a lot of ag background. It was a while back, but I used to be a volunteer firefighter. Being a small business owner, I have an array of insights that I know I could help make Stark County a better place."

Through public service, Arthaud wants to give back to the community.

"I have been in business in Stark County with my husband, and we feel like the community has given to us," she said. "We discussed it and I decided I need to give back."

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Arthaud said she wants to bring change to Stark County's boards.

One concern she has heard on the campaign trail is about the "wasteful spending" of county boards, specifically the Weed Board.

She also feels there is not enough transparency among county boards, including the Stark County Commissioners.

"If people understood it more, they would maybe be a little more comfortable approaching them," she said. "I don't think some of the members on the Stark County board are very approachable. I don't think there is enough approachability or transparency."

Arthaud, though, feels Stark County is going in a good direction.

"I'm not running to stay Stark County is in the total wrong direction," she said. "I just think Stark County could have some charge. There could be some new energy."

The county's road, she said, could be better, but "could also be worse."

"There are a lot of roads in this county," she said. "If you look into a county map, on dry years, it's going to be a little bit harder to keep the roads maintained."

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Communication from county road officials is important, too.

"With the road department, people need to feel more comfortable to approach them and talk to them," she said. "Communication is more important than anything to get the quality of roads that the Stark County residents want in their community or district."

She added, "Approachability has gone to the wayside, badly."

Arthaud said she supports the creation of a new Social Services building.

Planning for the project, which also includes new offices for North Dakota State University Extension and Sunshine Youth Bureau, has already begun.

"The old Social Services building has been there a long time," she said. "They're in need of a new building."

As a first-time candidate, Arthaud said there is value in being a new voice.

"There can be value both ways," she said. "When you're a new voice, it's not that you're going to have better ideas, but that you're going to have new ideas."

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The Stark County Board of Commissioners, Arthaud said, could benefit from change.

"I just feel like, longterm, you get comfortable in those spots and I think things get taken for granted and don't get done," she said. "Some of them forget why they're there. They're there for the stark county residents who pay taxes in this county.

She added, "It's not their job, per se. It's an elected position."

The general election is Tuesday.

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