Harwarth to run for Aitkin County commissioner
AITKIN--Robert "Bob" Harwarth announced he is seeking the position of of Aitkin County District 1 commissioner. The District 1 commissioner represents the city of Aitkin, Aitkin Township and Spencer Township. "I am retired and have lived in Spenc...
AITKIN-Robert "Bob" Harwarth announced he is seeking the position of of Aitkin County District 1 commissioner.
The District 1 commissioner represents the city of Aitkin, Aitkin Township and Spencer Township.
"I am retired and have lived in Spencer Township since 1999 with Marie, my wife of more than 50 years," Harwarth stated in a news release. "We have two daughters, who live with their families in Big Lake, and six grandchildren."
Harwarth is currently chair and road supervisor of Spencer Township and was a committee member on the Aitkin County Planning Commission for three years. Most recently, he attempted to petition for a referendum on the $10.5 million building bond for the Aitkin County building project.
He was born and raised in rural Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School. Following high school, Harwarth drove a delivery truck in Minneapolis for a stationery firm as a union driver while also farming part time.
For many years the Harwarths farmed in rural Monticello, where he served on a church council and on a youth committee. They sold the farm in 1983 and moved into the city of Monticello. He began driving motor coach charters and tours.
"My people skills have served me well through the years," he stated, "as well as my driving skills, safety record, timing schedules, responsibility and reliability."
In later years, he drove a bus route through Aitkin, from Minneapolis to Grand Rapids to Virginia. After retiring from the bus route, he drove the motor coach of Ken Kellar out of Aitkin for a number of years.
When a position was vacated on the Spencer Town Board, Harwarth was appointed to the board and became the road supervisor and vice chair for the remaining two-year term. He has been chair and road supervisor for the past four years.
"I see a need for changes," Harwarth stated. "I plan to continue to keep abreast of the issues and to work to invoke better outcomes for the people of Aitkin. I will work for District 1. I will work with the other commissioners and I will work for Aitkin County. Since I am fully retired, I can devote my full attention to the needs of our people. I will appreciate your vote Nov. 4. Remember to vote."