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Elect Gary Gray

For Sherburne County Commissioner District 4

If it has to do with the local area, I’ve been there.

-Gary Gray

Meet Gary


Transplanted to the area at four years old, Gary Gray is lifelong resident of Sherburne County. He attended the historical Tech High School and graduated from St. Cloud Technical College. Happily married for 34 years, Gary is a proud parent of two and has recently welcomed his first grandchild into the world. Residents of the area may recognize Gary as the now-retired co-owner of Gray Potato Farm and Grayson’s Berryland, which he operated alongside his brother for 37 years.

A Leader and Active Community Member


Throughout his life, Gary has been actively involved in the community, from School Site Council at Clearview Elementary to church council at St. Marcus. As a farmer and business owner, he’s well acquainted with the unique challenges faced by the population of Sherburne County.

Local Government InvolvemenT


  • Clear Lake Township—18 years
  • Clear Lake Township Chairman—11 years
  • Clearwater Library Board
  • Clear Lake Fire Board
  • Clear Lake Township Waters Advisory Board
  • Sherburne County Planning and Zoning
  • East Central Irrigators Association Board
  • District 742 Building and Facilities Task Force

State Government Involvement


  • Appointed by the United States Secretary of Agriculture to Potato USA, formerly known as the National Potato Promotion Board—two six-year terms

  • State Irrigators Association

  • Minnesota Area II Potato Research Council

The Responsibilities of County District Commissioner  


After 18 years of service on the Township Government, Gary is ready for a new challenge. He’s been approached in the past about running for Sherburne County District Commissioner, but now retired, Gary is finally able to devote the time and commitment the position deserves. If elected, he’s confident he’ll be able to support the rural, agricultural area with his years of experience as a farmer, business owner, and active participant in local government. 

As he strives to maintain the consistency established by former commissioner Felix Schmiesing, Gary promises to remain adaptable and inquisitive as he learns how to best serve the community. Ensuring his community members have representation in local government is his top priority. If elected, he hopes to streamline the permitting process for some projects in Sherburne County and get involved with the redraft the comprehensive county plan, which hasn’t been updated in almost 20 years. He looks forward to encouraging economic development while still retaining the small-town, agricultural feel we all know and love.

The Importance of Voting 


Your county commissioner is your voice in local government. That’s why it’s so important to ensure you’re voting for someone who not only knows the area they’re representing but is also dedicated to representing the collective interests of the community. When a county commissioner is approachable and responds to the concerns of their constituents, it creates an opportunity for real change.

When is the Election for County District Commissioner?


August 9th, 2022: Primary Election

November 8th, 2022: General Election

Who is Eligible to Vote?

To vote in the state of Minnesota, you must be:

    • A citizen of the U.S.A.
    • At least 18 years old on the day of the election
    • A Minnesota resident for at least 20 days
    • Finished serving all parts of any felony sentences

Register to vote here.

How Do I Know if I’m Already Registered?

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How Do I Know Which County Commissioner District I Live in?

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How Do I Find My Polling Place?

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Candidates for Sherburne County District 4 Commissioner
    • Gary Gray
    • Eric Meyer
    • Jerome “Lefty” Kleis
    • Kari Watkins
    • Carol Lewis

Find the full ballot for your area here.