Fairview Township

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Fairview Township - Board of Supervisor Elections - Candidate Profiles

On the November 8th General Election ballot there will be two Fairview Township Supervisor seats up for election.

The following persons have filed for those seats:

Seat 1      Walt Richmond

Seat 3      Tony Cyr
                Roger Osell

Walt Richmond, who was first elected to this position in 1993, is running unopposed for Seat 1.
Here are brief biographies of the two candidates running for Seat 3:

Tony Cyr

To the Residents and Voters of Fairview Township,

Many of you know me from my 26 years of service with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. For those of you who have not met me over the years, I would like to take a moment to tell you all a bit more about myself as I quest for a position as your Township Supervisor.

I was raised in the Walker area of Cass County where I graduated from high school and worked in retail settings through my school years. Upon completing high school, I obtained degrees in both Criminal Justice and Business Management prior to beginning my law enforcement career.

I have had the honor of serving the communities of Staples, Motley and Lakeshore which filled out my 30 years’ service. During my tenure at these agencies, I was introduced to the government processes and working with members of governing boards, other departments and contractors.

As a Deputy for Cass County, I continued to experience the processes of government and the relationships to the community. During my time as a deputy, I also was employed as Security Officer for Madden’s Resort and was assigned to a contract to patrol the City of East Gull Lake. I further developed and presented a teen driver program and a structured field training for new hires.  I continued my service to the county as an investigator for approximately 6 years which expanded my responsibilities throughout the county. Also, during my time at the sheriff’s office, I served as the department’s Union Steward, which furthered my experience and working knowledge of employment issues as they relate to management.

Currently, I reside on the west side of the Fairview Township on a 30-acre hobby farm with my wife Robin. I retired from my law enforcement career in October of 2021 and spend much of my time training, trialing and hunting with my springer spaniels.

I have found that I miss the public interactions and the sense of community; these have spurred my decision to file to be Township Supervisor. I believe that the township is the people within it, and not just those who govern it.

With this letter I ask for your support to become the next Fairview Township Supervisor. 

Tony Cyr

Candidate for Township Supervisor, Seat 3

Roger Osell

To my friends and residents of Fairview Township,

My name is Roger Osell, and I am running for the position of Township Supervisor, Seat 3, in Fairview Township. First of all, I would like to thank the Township for allowing me to write this short bio to introduce myself to all of you.

Born and raised in Brainerd, I graduated from Brainerd High School and attended Central Lakes College where I played football for two years. My wife, Teri, and I built our home in Fairview Township in 1993, where we raised our three children, who have blessed us with 9 grandchildren.

Having been a blue-collar worker my entire life, I am now 68 years old, retired, and seeking your vote for Township Supervisor. I began working at age 15 and have had a varied background of employment, ranging from Ready Mix Driver, Building Manager of the Brainerd Area Civic Center, operated my own painting company, and worked for Crow Wing Power for 27 years. I began my career with CWP working in the warehouse. While working there, I went to school at the Wadena Technical College, graduated and became a lineman. I also spent a few years in the customer service department before finishing my career of 20+ years as one of the field engineers, designing the power system for Crow Wing Power. In doing so, I have worked alongside many road construction firms and with local, state and federal government agencies, being responsible for getting power through most of Baxter’s residential and commercial developments. I also worked in rural Crow Wing, Morrison, and Cass Counties, and it is likely I met many of you if you happened to build or significantly remodeled or upgraded your homes, farms, or businesses.

I currently serve as a member of the Fairview Township Planning and Zoning Commission.

I also served on two different church Elder Boards and have been active in the community in other capacities as well.  I am a Christian Constitutional Conservative and I believe it is not only important to know a man and what he does and has done before you elect him to any office, but it is also important to know what guides his decision-making process and what he values.

The majority of my working life has been knowing how to work in difficult situations and with sometimes difficult people and still be productive.

If elected, I look forward to bringing these skills to the township board and to go to work with and for you.