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Family: I have been married to my wife, Michelle for almost 26 years. We have two adult daughters, Alexa and Nicole.
Occupation: I am a semi-retired, self-employed famer.
• What experience/traits do you have that you believe makes you the best candidate?
I am a good candidate for the supervisor position for many reasons.
I am a self-starter. I care about Washington County and specifically District 3. I have been running my farming corporation all of my adult life right here in District 3.
I have been on many boards, councils and committees through the years serving as a member or president. These include Ainsworth Church Parish Council and various other church boards, Lions Club, Washington County Extension Service Board and the Ainsworth Cooperative Board.
I have volunteered with groups such as the Highland Music Boosters, Girls Scouts and, most recently, with our church in the derecho clean up in Cedar Rapids.
These many experiences have made me a well-rounded individual to represent our district. Through all my life experiences, I have learned how to stretch a buck and how to work as a team member. I would treat the county tax dollars as conservatively as I treat my own.
• Why are you running for office?
I am a lifetime resident of District 3 in Washington County. I was born, raised and live in District 3. I work in District 3. My kids and I all went to school in District 3. I am very well entrenched in District 3.
There are lots of good farm acres in District 3 paying a lot of property taxes. I want to make sure District 3 is well-represented so that the district is getting its fair share of the resources available in Washington County, especially for our roads.
As a conservative farmer of District 3, I feel I am more than capable of being a good representative of the people. I have recently retired from crop farming and now have the time to invest.
• What are your priorities if elected?
First and foremost, I would like to see a good working environment conducive to good teamwork. I would do my best to help create a team environment to deal with issues and a good working relationship with all those necessary to keep Washington County improving and growing.
We are all on the same boat and we need to work together. As a supervisor, I would work hard to be responsive to people with their questions and concerns.
My main priorities are to lower property taxes and promote growth in Washington County. I want to eliminate rules and regulations that are a hindrance to our community growth.
I would also like to make sure our county employees are paid fairly and in line with private industry and other counties employees. I would like to move to a more need basis then desired basis for all expenses related to county departments.
I would like to work toward lower property taxes. One of the best ways to do this would be to eliminate unnecessary rules and regulations that are a deterrent to county growth.
This would include growing and or adding new business opportunities and new housing growth.
An increased tax base would allow the farmers and other property owners to get some relief on property tax.
We need less government and more individual rights. The landowner needs more freedom to do with his property what he sees fit especially when it comes to creating growth.
To illustrate this idea, I would like to use a 15-acre plot of land such as CRP farm ground or timber. This property will generate $300-$400 a year of property taxes.
If this property were to be sold for 10 house lots, property tax generated would jump to somewhere around $40,000. This of course is more income for our schools, roads and other needs.
These 10 houses also create employment for contractors and their sub contractors. The residents in these houses will spend money, which will increase cash flow in our local economy.
• What do you see as the top issues facing the county both in the short term and long term?
Our immediate short-term issue is to get COVID-19 under control and our local impacted businesses back up and running at the pre-COVID capacity.
The long-term goal is to keep Washington County a desirable place to live. We need growth to bring the tax base up to relieve property owners of some of their tax burden.
At a recent supervisors meeting, WEDG asked for $30,000. Washington Main Street asked for $6,900. These funds are to help promote growth; however, there are 53-plus pages in the subdivision and platting ordinance for Washington County requiring an engineer to deal with the mounds of mandatory paperwork.
This is just not a friendly growth environment. Some control needs to remain but in a much more practical manner.
Please feel free to call me with any questions, and don’t forget to vote March 2. I am ready to go to work for you.