Ironton resident Michael J. Starry announced his candidacy for the Crow Wing County Board.

Describing himself as a “liberty advocate,” Starry stated in a news release the people of District 5 deserve honest, dedicated representation.

“Michael J Starry is running to restore integrity and confidence in the office and to give the people a strong and clear voice on the county board,” the release stated.

A field service engineer by trade, this is Starry’s first run for public office. Starry is challenging incumbent Commissioner Doug Houge for the seat representing District 5.

“Our county faces numerous difficult challenges; expanding budgets, ever increasing property and sales tax, disproportionate allocation of resources between districts, and agenda driven policy,” the release stated. “Starry believes it is time to face those challenges head on. The people of District 5 deserve a classical approach to governance.”

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The first-time candidate said he’s “humbly asking for the opportunity to serve as the voice of the people, for the people, in order to implement fiscally sound and constitutionally limited governance, by consent of the governed.”

District 5 covers the northeastern portion of the county, which includes the cities of Crosby, Cuyuna, Deerwood, Emily, Fifty Lakes, Ironton, Manhattan Beach, Riverton and Trommald.