Ready to run in 2018
Several county officials confirm bids for re-election
The filing period for county elective offices starts next week, and two Marshall County supervisors, the auditor-recorder and county attorney have confirmed they are running this year.
“I have been getting signatures on my petition, and I am going to run for supervisor again,” said Marshall County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Patten, who was first elected to the seat in 2014. “I’ve thought about this for several months, talked with my family, and they all encouraged me to run again; my fellow supervisors have encouraged me to run again.”
He said he and his two fellow supervisors are “philosophically on the same page,” even if they don’t always agree on every item or issue.
“Although we differ sometimes, on some days, and we have to negotiate some things, we think alike in the basic element of how to solve a problem,” Patten said. “We have continued to be able to not only just balance the budget, but to actually lower the levy.”
He said he wants to continue working on getting a sewer system up and running in Green Mountain.
“The sewer system for that unincorporated town is really important for them,” Patten said. “I’ve worked on that quite a little, and would like to see that through.”
Marshall County Courthouse security is another ongoing project he said he wants to continue working on as supervisor.
“There are just lots of things every day that come up; it’s a challenge, and I enjoy the people and I really think that we’ve accomplished a lot of good things the last three-and-a-half years that I’ve been here.”
Board Vice Chairman Dave Thompson, who was first elected as a supervisor in 2010, also said he will run again in 2018.
“I’m going to kind of stick to what brought me to the dance; I’m going to stick with the difference that we’ve made in the budget these past few years,” he said of engaging voters. “We’re debt-free, we’ve got our projects done without borrowing, we’ve started a savings account for future capital needs.”
Additionally, Thompson said the needs of county taxpayers and employees have been met during his tenure. He said county residents are paying less in taxes to the county today than they were seven years ago.
Like Patten, Thompson said he is ready to keep working on the Green Mountain sewer situation.
“We need to finally get this Green Mountain sewer project buttoned up and done, and it looks like we’re going to close in on that this year,” Thompson said. “Honestly, I think if we get that done, it may open Green Mountain up for some economic development, as far as housing goes.”
He also said the current board, which includes Supervisor Steve Salasek, works well together.
Also up for election this year is the Marshall County Auditor and Recorder position, currently held by Nan Benson. She was appointed by the supervisors in October of 2017 to replace then-Auditor and Recorder Deanne Raymond when she moved out-of-county before the end of her term.
“It will definitely be a learning curve, like many of the things I’ve done here,” Benson said. “[I’m] just trying to get my name out there, I’m kind of planning to got to some local clubs and that type of thing, so if people want to hear what I have to say, I’d be happy to do that.”
Although the auditor-recorder’s position was up for election in 2016 and won by Raymond, per state law Benson must run to retain the spot this year because she was appointed to the seat, not elected. Ordinarily, the position is up once every four years.
Benson said she plans to continue to talk about the county budget and provide information on what her office does, including elections.
“Really, as a county … we’re sitting in a pretty good spot, which is a nice place to be,” she said.
Another seat up in 2018 is county attorney, and incumbent Jennifer Miller said she plans to run again for the position she’s held since 2002.
“Probably the biggest things are the collections of delinquent debt, the prosecution of crime and the mental health commitments,” she said of some of the duties of the county attorney. “We also do all the juvenile delinquencies and Child in Need of Assistance cases.”
Miller said the county’s collections program has been successful, and that there is a high conviction rate. She also said her office has a strong focus on victims of crime.
“We also advise the county departments in legal matters,” Miller said.
The fifth seat up for election this year is Marshall County Treasurer. At press time, incumbent Jarret Heil could not be reached for comment on whether or not he plans to run in 2018; he was first elected to the office in 2010.
The filing period for county offices runs March 5-28, and the primary election is set for June 5. For more information on elections, visit https://sos.iowa.gov
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