If you aren’t aware of current, local politics, Rick Duncan is one of two candidates running for the office of the Sheriff. I have not met Karl Schreck, his challenger as of yet (although I hope to interview him as well), but my interview with Police Lieutenant Rick Duncan was completely unexpected, in a positive way.
As a media person, I plan to stay publicly impartial. I imagine either candidate will do the job well, and I plan to write positive articles about both candidates, although after meeting Rick Duncan, I think Mr. Schreck has quite the competition!
It has been my experience that Candidates for office tend to have a face for media, and a different face for friends and family. Rick Duncan is a definite exception to that rule.
There was the interview in front of the camera, that as you will see, is the voice of a solid, experienced, caring, and strong person who is capable and determined to make the area a safer, even better place to live. But the interview outside of the camera was even better.
Rick Duncan comes across as a genuinely humble, honest person, who believes in what he’s trying to do, and in helping the community. I was really struck by his compassion for troubled teens, and his absolute belief that any person can change their circumstances for the better. In fact, just from this brief interview, I would say that if elected sheriff, the strongest gifts he would bring to the county are his honesty and his compassion.
A while back I met and became friends with some officers in another state, and it seemed to me, as if sometimes my buddies had very black and white thinking – as if there was a belief that some people were just ‘born bad,’ and if they were ‘born’ that way, they stayed that way. Candidate Duncan doesn’t appear to share that view – he definitely seemed to feel that bad behavior was one choice, and an unfortunate one – but that people can change. Rick Duncan showed a strong sense of community, and an appreciation and concern for each person in it – both those doing well, and of those struggling. He talked of his own challenges growing up, and of the teachers and heroes that have affected him. I have to say, I was impressed.
The interview was very inspirational, which you wouldn’t necessarily expect from a fairly reserved person. He wants to support his community, and I believe that this letter (below), that he has on his website, says everything a person needs to know about Mr. Duncan’s character:
Dear Citizens of Chisago County,
I would like the privilege of serving as your next Chisago County Sheriff. I have the education and experience necessary to serve our county well. I will bring positive leadership to our Sheriff’s Office. I will listen to your concerns and make informed decisions based on the best needs of our community. I will be fiscally responsible in these most difficult times. Together I believe we can make a positive difference in our community. I appreciate your support.
And even more than this statement just being true - I really think he can do it.
Good luck Mr. Duncan!