The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

September 20, 2013

Eight to run for Camanche council

By Amy Kent
Herald Staff Writer

CAMANCHE — The papers are in and eight nominees will try for a seat on the Camanche City Council during the November election.

The candidates are Lewis Creed, Charlie Blount, Mike McManus, Linda Kramer, Marvin Lund, Greg Nelson, Gary Kampe and Bill Wruck.

The five new candidates will face off for a chance at three City Council seats that are up for re-election, while Kramer, Kampe and Nelson try to retain their positions on the council for another term.

Also up for re-election is Mayor Ken Fahlbeck, but he will not run unopposed. City Councilman Trevor Willis will try his hand at a mayoral run, without much for a campaign strategy. 

"I'm not really going to campaign," Willis said. "I think actions speak louder than words and I hope I can gain the support of the people of Camanche."

Although this is Willis' first try at mayor, he understands the responsibilities he and the City Council are weighed down by, but for many of the City Council nominees, this will be the first experience they have with city government. 

McManus doesn't feel too out of place though. He feels his past six years serving on the Park and Recreation board and the support he has received from the community give him a strong chance at gaining a seat on the City Council.

"A lot of people in the community already know me well and know what I stand for," McManus said. "I thought about holding off and running for the next election but the support I have gotten made me decide to go ahead and do it."

Candidate Wruck plans on using his experience as a former union president to his advantage and hopes that his previous work with budget planning will put him a step ahead of the other challengers.

"I have done a lot of work with union negotiations and I am concerned about the fiscal responsibility and accountability of this city," Wruck said. "I feel as a younger citizen I can make a strong impact to our community for the betterment of our future generation."

Wruck is not the only one that is concerned about the city's accountability. Many of the new candidates agree, and are using that as a platform for their campaigns.

Creed had a run-in with one of the city's department heads several months ago at a City Council meeting, and has used that as his driving force to enact change to the city of Camanche. 

"One thing I would like to do is hold these department heads more accountable for the way they are spending the tax payer's money," Creed said. "Taxes are getting pretty high in Camanche so I'd like to keep a closer eye on the budget."

He hopes his experience as a Clinton County employee and his knowledge of budget planning will work in his favor for the upcoming election.

Candidate Blount also feels the city needs to hold more responsibility for their fiscal actions, but his main concern is growing the city of Camanche and creating more jobs for the community.

"I'd like to see some growth in this community and I think we can do it with the right attitude," Blount said. "I think there are a lot of jobs that can be produced in this community and there has certainly been a lot of progress with the (Clinton Regional Development Corporation). I think Camanche can really compliment that progress."

Growth and progression is an important aspect for all five candidates and the people of Camanche but for Lind, the future of the city and its people is why he is campaigning for change. 

"I grew up in Camanche and have a lot of family and friends here," Lind said. "There have been a lot of concerns from the people of Camanche and I want to do my part to work with them to listen to those concerns."