But a few months ago, Bredon submitted the paperwork to get his name on the ballot in a race for a seat on the Beltrami County Board of Commissioners in north-central Minnesota.
Bredon’s candidacy for the decidedly uncinematic job of county commissioner can be traced back to a single night in January. Months earlier, President Donald Trump had signed an executive order giving counties the right to refuse or remain open to refugees.
The Beltrami board voted to refuse them — the first in the state, and one of the first in the nation to do so.
“That vote was a black eye for this town,” Bredon said. “That was a global news story. I started thinking, we can’t let this continue.”
So he tossed his hat in the ring. And he wasn’t the only one.