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Candidate Profile: Beck for County Commission Dist. 1

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In Nez Perce County, two seats are open on the board of commissioners.

One of those, the District 1 seat, is opening up as longtime commissioner Bob Tippett retires.

Don Beck is challenging Jim Kleeburg for the Republican nomination for county commissioner in District 1.

Beck doesn't have political experience like his opponent, but says it doesn't take a politician to make a difference.

"Something that I wanted to do, I wanted to help improve things in our county and in our state. I just think there's a lot of room for improvement."

He's spent the months leading up to the election meeting with county leaders and attending meetings. One of the biggest issues he's run into is residents feeling unheard.

Beck says he's been, "talking to people out in the county, they've expressed a desire to feel more like they're listened to."

One of the group's he's most passionate about listening to is the valley's gun club.

"We had one of the oldest gun clubs in here in the valley and they don't have a home. I'd like, as a commissioner, to help them."

Beck may never have held office, but he spent 24 years with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

His work with agencies across five counties has prepared him for office.

"I've worked with the tribe, and I've worked with the Forest Service, and Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Land Management, and Parks and Rec," Beck says.

He says he's also learned common sense and respect after 50 plus years with the Boy Scouts. Beck also has experience as a general contractor and even helped build bridges. The greatest bridge he's ever worked on is bridging communication and cooperation.

"When you get people together and you communicate with them, you can accomplish a lot."

The Republican candidate that wins the nomination in the May 15th primary will face off against Democratic candidate Bob Blakey in November.

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