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Yellow Medicine County Attorney

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    Stephen A. Emery
    (NP)

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    Mark Aloysius Gruenes
    (NP)

Información Biográfica

If elected, what will your top three priorities be and why? (750 characters)

How has your career prepared you for this role? (500 characters)

What do you see as the biggest challenges to your office, and how would you address them? (500 characters)

How would you work for racial equity in the justice system? (500 characters)

How would you manage conflict within your office, and earn the public’s trust? (500 characters)

Campaign Website http://stephenaemery.org
Campaign Mailing Address 4778 345th Avenue
Montevideo, MN 56265
The first thing an elected official does is to take the oath of office. Through this oath, an elected official, first and foremost, promises to uphold and defend the Constitution. From what I have observed, that is the last time an elected official considers the Constitution, even if she/he considered it at that time. Even if this person subsequently considers the Constitution in the execution of his or her duties, she/he defers to someone else's opinion of what it says. That is not what the oath requires. Each elected official must read the Constitution, which few have, and understand what was meant by each provision and apply it to their situation. That is important part of the structure to have the freedom intended by our ancestors.
I grew up on a farm which gave me a great appreciation for private enterprise, personal responsibility, and justice. My professional experiences have reinforced these values, as well as opened my eyes to the evils of concentrated power in the form of corporations and big government. Truly, what Lord Acton stated centuries ago that "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" is being expressed in ways even he probably never considered.
Keeping my oath to defend the Constitution would be extremely difficult because other persons in government do not. An unconstitutional form of government is so entrenched that to defend the Constitution would be like forging a new path because it would require returning to immutable principles. Change of this nature requires great courage, dedication, and personal sacrifice. Nevertheless, I want a future of freedom, private enterprise, and justice for my children, so I will pursue that path.
Lady Justice is a symbol of a blindfolded woman with a sword in one hand and a scale in the other. This symbol conveys a great deal of truth. Justice must be blind as to the personal characteristics of the person to which it is applied. To be just is to apply the law evenly to everyone without regard to their skin color, nationality, gender, belief system, wealth, or social status. To apply the law unevenly results in great harm.
If elected, I presumptively would have the public's trust. To execute my responsibilities skillfully and diligently would maintain that trust. Communicating a clear vision for the office, truly hearing concerns of staff and constructively addressing those concerns, having defined roles, and providing a good example helps eliminate confusion and therefore conflict. I have successfully led a nuclear family of seven for decades which indicates I have the ability to manage conflict.
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