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Joe Volk to challenge Migler in District 5

By Staff | Apr 4, 2014


At least one Pierce County commissioner will be challenged in June’s elections. Joe Volk, 59, of Reno Valley Township, is running against incumbent David Migler.

Volk has farmed and ranched about six miles south and one mile east of Rugby since 1976. He’s served on his township board for about 25 years and been the chairman on and off.

“I’m excited about the next 20 years for Rugby and Pierce County and the surrounding area, so I want to be a part of the decision making,” Volk said. “For the future, a guy likes to see the town and area prosper and grow.”?As of Thursday afternoon, Volk was the only challenger to a commissioner running for re-election. Petitions for elected county offices are due at 4 p.m. Monday.

Volk said he’s been encouraged to run to better communicate Pierce County’s story to the state legislature.

“Dave Migler has been doing his job satisfactory, but I guess if you don’t run against them it gets pretty easy for that guy to get complacent,” Volk said. “I had quite a bit of encouragement already. People are glad at least somebody’s running, so I’ll take on the challenge and see what comes of it.”

Volk is concerned about road conditions, social services being stressed and the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center’s progress.

“Our roads are in dire need of repair and the funding isn’t what it needs to be,” Volk said. “We need to get our concerns communicated to (the legislature). The state keeps telling us how much money they got, but a guy doesn’t see much in the trickle down theory.”

Volk said he’s partnered with a younger farmer to free up time for extra responsibility, and he believes his background as business graduate from University of North Dakota could aid in budgeting.

“There’s a few things that I think I could probably get some more discussion going,” Volk said.

Volk and his wife, Susan, are parents to two grown children, Jenna and Derrek. He has served two terms on the Little Flower Catholic Church board and was a board member of Jaycees. He is also a member of the Rugby Eagles Club.

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