Clemons candidates share thoughts

Five council seats open in Nov. 7 election

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CLEMONS — With less than two weeks to go until the Nov. 7 city elections, voters in Clemons have several candidates to choose from, each vying for one of the five city council seats up in 2017.

“I’m on the council to be the voice for the rest of the residents, the citizens who live here,” said Clemons City Council incumbent candidate Tammy Hinders on her bid for re-election. “If they have a concern, I at least take it to the council so it can be heard.”

She said there are a few projects she’d like to continue working on in the city.

“We’re already in the process of putting in the new lift station for our sewer system, so we need to get that all finished up,” Hinders said. “Other than that, I think we need to do some repairs to some of our buildings we have here.”

Additionally, she described herself as “straightforward,” and as someone who is “not afraid to stand up for what’s right.”

Also running for spot on the city council is Ron Wiseman.

“I just see things around town: a lot of stray cats that need to be taken care of, properties that aren’t being contained, ditches and things that aren’t being properly taken care of,” he said. “I’d like to improve the community.”

With experience in the business world and as the owner of Design Concepts of Iowa, Wiseman said he is ready to be a council member.

“I’ve spent my life in upper management in the corporate world,” he said. “I’ve either owned or managed everything I’ve done in my life.”

Other issues he said he’d like to address include a drainage ditch in town and properties where junk equipment is stored by some.

“I just want the community to be nice for people visiting and for those who live here,” Wiseman said.

Another incumbent candidate, Cammie Voss, said she first ran two years ago to give back to her community.

“They were kind of at a loss for getting somebody, so I thought I’d step up; I care a lot about people, and I care about our community,” the retired nurse said. “I know know we’re little, but we could do lots of things if we could just get the right people to help out.”

Voss said the lift station project currently under way is important to the town.

“We’ve started this lift station, and it’s been an uphill battle, but I want to see that through,” she said. “We’ve got some other things going on, like preservation of a couple of the buildings here in town; that’s worth doing and I’d like to see that continue.”

Challenger and Iowa Veterans Home nurse Tamra Muschick said she loves living in Clemons.

“We have such a nice little town, I just wanted to get more involved in the community,” she said.

A self-described “mediator,” Muschick said she would keep the city’s children in mind if elected.

“I want to just get more involved and try and better the town if I can, so our kids grow up happy and healthy,” she said. “I’ve always been a middle-of-the-road person …. I think I can say ‘Let’s look at what’s good for everybody.'”

Candidate Chad Weaver could not be reached by press time, and fellow candidate Glen Leeper chose not to comment.

On Election Day Nov. 7, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. In Clemons, voters can cast their ballots at the city’s school building, 306 Bevin St.

For more information on city elections, visit www.co.marshall.ia.us/departments/auditor/election/electiondetails/2017/

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Contact Adam Sodders at (641) 753-6611 or asodders@timesrepublican.com