Party: Republican; Age: 53
Political experience: Fourth term as supervisor
Education: Graduate of the Clinton Community College nursing program
Family: Husband Kevin, two grown sons and two granddaughters
What are the three most important issues in this race?
State and federal mandates with limited or no funding, economic development and mental health funding.
What is your approach to these issues?
County government is subject to many mandates. In fact, the majority of what we do is determined by these mandates. The revenue we have to fund these mandates and other services is limited to property taxes, state reimbursements, some fines and fees and the sales tax. This places most of the burden on the property owners. It is imperative that the Board of Supervisors works with our state and federal legislators to educate them to the impact these mandates have on the services that are provided to our county citizens. Open and frequent communication is the key to cooperative government. By setting politics aside and working on behalf of the people will accomplish many of our goals.
The present Board of Supervisors has an excellent working relationship with the economic development groups in our county and with the surrounding areas. We need to continue to enhance this relationship and work to bring new businesses and jobs to our area. We have an excellent work ethic in our people and our schools are providing highly educated individuals to fill these potential jobs. We need to market these assets and capitalize on this potential.
New legislation has created a potential crisis in our mental health funding. Iowa is the only state where property taxes are used to fund many of these services. Limiting or ending these services will not only create a problem for the consumer but will cost more because the preventive services and dollars will not be available. We need to work with our legislators and make them aware of the impact this new legislation will have on our citizens and the taxpayer. We need to advocate for those individuals who are not able to express their needs.
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