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Kern files for District 1 seat

■ District 1

Doug Kern of rural Brainerd filed Tuesday for the District 1 post on the Crow Wing County Board — his first bid for political office but not his first foray into politics.

The Crow Wing County Republican chair said he’s running to ensure his children’s future is a good one. He is married and the father of two boys and one girl.

“We’re spending money left and right and there’s no end to it,” he said.

Kern, 49, said certain motions seem to get railroaded through the county board. He cited the recent adoption of a zoning ordinance as an example of an issue that was “pushed through too fast.”

Kern, a resident of rural Brainerd, said he objects to the general statement he hears regarding grants characterizing them as free money that someone else will use if the county doesn’t use it. That attitude, he said, is similar to taking money out of one pocket and placing it in another pocket, he said.

“It’s money that’s coming from the taxpayer,” he said.

Kern owns an appliance repair business, is a real estate agent and owns rental properties.

He said he would not step down from his post as party chair until the election season is over.

Kern, who was raised in Wadena as the youngest of 14 siblings, has lived in Crow Wing County for 27 years and has been involved in politics for much of that time. He has taught Sunday school for 27 years.

He said he waited until Tuesday to file as a tribute to his mother, who passed away a year-and-a-half ago. Tuesday was her birthday, he said.

Since four candidates have filed for the District 1 seat Kern will face his opponents in an August primary.

“We’ll see how fast everybody can run,” he said.

MIKE O’ROURKE, associate editor, may be reached at 855-5860 or He may be followed at

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