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Page 8A News The Kalona News, Three bid for two seats on Riverside Coun Mayor Bill Poch runs unopposed i Riverside residents will have a choice between three candidates : for two positions on the City : Council when they go to the polls : on Tuesday, November 8. o They will also have an oppor- tunity to vote yes or no for a $5.1 , correctional center (Jail). Sup- porters of the jail noted that the issue should be revenue neutral ." in that construction of a new : facility will not cost anymore, : and perhaps less, tax dollars than : are now being spent on trans- : porting prisoners to correctional ,, facilities in neighboring coun- : ties. See separate story. " There is only one candidate for mayor: incumbent Bill Pooch. Following are backgrounds, on the City Council candidates: Randy Sexton Council Candidate Fire Chief Randy Sexton, 47, 111 Vine Street, Riverside, said he decided to seek a position on the council as part of his com- mitment to see that a new Fire Station is constructed. At the . time he filed, incumbents had - not filed for re-election. While helping to find the fun- nding for a new fire station is his primary focus, Sexton said he wants to work for the benefit of the entire city of Riverside. "I would like to see some of the empty buildings on Main Street be filled and that there is a solid plan for the growth of the corn- Randy Sexton for the past 25 years. He has served on the Riverside Planning & Zoning Commission for the past six years and on the River- side Fire Department since 1984 and as fire chief for about seven years. Sexton and his late wife Lori Lynn (who died of breast cancer about a year ago) have four adult children. Chris, 27, works for Stumpf Construction, Chad, 25, and his wife Jill (Spears) lives in Iowa City. He works for Stumpf Concrete of Riverside. Curtis, 24, who lives in Wellman and Cory, Iowa City, both work for Musser Concrete of Iowa City. Sexton is a member of Our Mariellen Bower completed." Bower works as a secretary at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Graduate program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Service. She is a native of the Keota area and has lived in Riverside for six years. Bower and her husband, Chuck, have four children: Chris and his wife Tammy, rural Iowa City; Michael, Washington; Patricia, New York City; and Brad, West Branch. They also have three grandchildren. In addition to the new fire sta- tion, Bowers said she has hopes for a new city hall and possibly a Sam Torrey council two years ago and is seeking his second 4-year term on the council. A resident of Riverside for 13 years, he previ- ously served a 4-year term. A native of north central Mis- souri, Torrey is retired. He worked for the Iowa Interstate Railroad for 38 years and was chief dispatcher when he retired. Torrey said he would like to work with the city and casino to see the facility built without any further expense to the city and taxpayers. He noted he is against the way TIF funds were used as it cost the taxpayers about $5 million more than it munity," Sexton said. "I would also like to see some activity in our industrial park and good working relationships with the casino. Building a solid sewer and water infrastructure and new offices for the city are also critical." Sexton grew up in the River- side area and is committed to its future growth and development. He has worked for Stump Con- struction with a variety of duties Redeemer Lutheran Church in Iowa City. Mariellen Bower Council Candidate Mariellen Bower, 60, 213 Sch- noebelen, has served on the council for two years and is seek- ing a full 4-year term. "I want to put to use the knowledge I've gained by serving on the council for the past two years," she remarked, "I want to help see that the proposed fire station is built and other city projects are t f , by Tim Groff Ryan Miller is running unop-  posed to take over the position of :: Mayor fromlong time Wellman ':: Mayor Max Lewis who is step- *:- ping down. , Miller, who has been actively involved in the city's progress in finding funding for a Wellman Community Center project, is a chiropractor who grew up in We!!man and recently moved back to the area. "I'd like to see us make improvements in the downtown area," said Miller. One of the hot button issues in the race is the municipalization project. Miller, without endors- ing the project one way or anoth- er to the Kalona News, stated, "I'd like to be a part of that process." The intrigue in the race hinges on the council's ongoing battle with outgoing Mayor Max Lewis. Lewis and the council have been at odds in the past on policy issues and, while Lewis is step- ping down as mayor, he intends to continue his work in the com- munity by asking voters to give i him a seat on the city council. "I still have something I can give to my community," said Lewis. When asked what the impor- tant issues facing the community of Wellman are, Lewis cites a long list of ongoing projects which have been the focus of activity in Wellman over the past few months. "We're winding up roadwork on ninth and the water and sewer," said Lewis, "Next year there'n be a bridge to replace on Second Street and just the regu- lar maintenance to buildings. The skating rink needs new rest- rooms and a new floor." Lewis says that after being I, ! 1, ! t', new city center for Riverside tes- idents. "Of course not all hap- pens overnight, so with direction and focus, things will get accom- plished in time," she said. "But the new fire station is a must." Bowers also urged a Yes vote for the new county jail. "For the betterment of all the county," she said, "We need a new jail." Samuel L. Torrey Council Candidate Samuel L. Torrey, 334 Black- berry Ave., was appointed to the should have to get the water and sewer system financed. "We have to accept what has been done and work for what is the best for our community," Torrey commented. Torrey said he feels that the casino will be good for the city of Riverside and he would like to see improvements in the down- town business district, including filling empty buildings so the businesses can capitalize on the increased traffic that will be in Bill Poch town due to the casino. "We really need to work at improving all areas of the com- munity," Torrey said. "We need to improve the general appear- ance of the whole town." Torrey and his wife, Louise, have an adult daughter and son, ten grandchildren and one great- grandchild. Louise is manager of the A&W Restaurant at the Riverside Travel Mart. Bill Poch Candidate for Mayor Bill Poch, 56, 275 W. 1st Street, Riverside, is seeking his second 2-year term as mayor of River- side. He previously served two years on the council. Poch said he has a strong inter- est in the past, present and future of Riverside and wants to be part of providing leadership for the continued growth of the city. He notes he is a strong sup- porter of the Riverside Fire Department and wants to help see that the proposed new fire station is constructed. He also noted that he wants to see that Riverside deals with improving the water and sewer infrastruc- ture of the entire ci "I feel I have good want to continue remarked. The in Physical University of construction was a sales Mentor Weisman, a store supply gone out of rently working teacher in area secondary sch( Diane, is a for the Un istry Lab. They have Daughter a pharmacist with in Denver one daughter, Ava. Sons Nick, 26, both working on units in Iraq. Son student at become a firefighter. Ainsworth The candidates for Ainsworth are: Mayor (4 Stewart, 605 bent. City Council terms) - John Lincoln St.; 727 Park St., 549 5th St.; all are November 8 vote Polls will be open 7 a.' p.m, Deadline p.m. Friday, OctO Deadline for tee ballots November 4 at 41 vote by absentee. auditor's office day, November 7. The Wellman City Council reshaping From page 1A - CANDIDATES Other Cities See separate stories on page 8A on candidates for office in Well- ,, man and Riverside. i, Candidates for office in towns ',. other than Washington are: I Ainsworth (mayor and three council members) - Mayor (4 years): Dawn H. Stewart, incum- bent. City council (4 ,years) - John D. Hazelett, Virginia Schuerman and Gerald M. Stew- art, all incumbents. Brighton (mayor and two coun- cil members): Mayor (4 years) - Chuck Emry, Nan Grimes and Loy Barney Lollar. Council (4 ' years)- David E. McArtor, James E. Miller and Carroll L. Bud Pitt. Karri Fisher Mayor for six years, he's got a lot of insight and would like to still contribute as a voice from a council seat. Bob Goodrich who is running for re-election to the city council has been on the front row of action in the heat between coun- cil and mayor over the past few years. "I'd like to just once have a bal- anced council and mayor forum," said Goodrich, "Up 'til now, it's been conflict between what our policy is and how it gets imple- mented." Goodrich was quick to point out that there is often conflict in any city government. 'ny city council has conflict," said Goodrich, "That is not new in any city. The idea of a forum for any government is that the council implements the policy and everyone else gets behind it. I get tired of seeing people sitting there with their arms folded. Doing nothing means nothing gets done." Bob Swartzendruber, also cur- rently filling a council seat and running for re-election, says a lot of the current projects deal with Pitt and Miller are incumbents. CrawfordsviUe (mayor and three council members and one council member to fill vacancy): Mayor (4 years) - Tom Conrad, incumbent. City Council (4 years) - Michel Blum, Rex Felts and Billie Jo Rose, all incum- bents, and challenger Carolyn Steele. Council to appoint vacancy of Don Brookhart whose term expires in 2007. West Chester (mayor and 5 council members): Mayor 2 years - Donald L. Shafer. City Council (2 years) -Judy R. Augustine, Brenda Carey, Ronald E. Dodson, Laurie Johnson, Judy McArtor, and Sandra Shafer. Carey, Dod- son and Shafer are incumbents. $ Bob Goodrich Fred the city's crumbling infrastruc- ture. "We have a lot of projects we need to finish," said Swartzen- druber, "We have a big problem in our town with crumbling infrastructure - water mains that need to be replaced... " "I'll be happy either way," said Swartzendruber," There's a lot to be done and I want to help do it." Swartzendruber noted that he'd like to see more people inter- ested in what the council is doing. "Most of the input we get is Lampe Max Lewis from people who Come to council meetings," said Swartzendruber, "I try to answer questions and talk about issues that people call me about." One new voice in the local political arena comes from long time Wellman resident and busi- ness owner Karri Fishei who runs Fisher automotive with her husband Terry. "I think it's time of a change and it's time for a woman to sit on the council," said Fisher, "It's time for someone younger, too." Fisher said local government Bob. Swartzendruber is something she wants to give priority to and that she thinks others should think more about it as well. "I don't have time - but it's something you have to make time to do," said Fisher, "I want to grow old in this town and things we are doing now we're going to have to pay for." "I'll be learning as I go," said Fisher, 'nd hopefully using common sense to find people with experience to: Fred Lampe, sa Lampe, his wife run ing Rink on sional evenings. in seeing the t some of the have begun. "They've things and move ahead," council has very been a lot of infighting." Lampe notes the city much money building town could have ments with some. "It Would . of our CDs in tlae dipping so "We have to ity of life things. is to talk to a say it's a I think by and "Working Hard to Earn Your l}'ust" COUNTING YOUR CHICKENS! It's a common predicament: you need to sell your home and at the same time buy and move into another, possibly in another city. Since it's not likely that you'll close on both homes in the same day, how do you proceed? Buy first or sell first? It's a classic "chicken or the egg" scenario. If you sell first, you're pressured to move, perhaps into temporary quarters. But if you face something like job relo- cation, there may be little choice. If you buy first, you might be paying two mortgages for some time. But if you can't afford two payments, you'll probably have to sell first to qualify for a loan. What a headache! There's a beast called a "contingency contract," wherein you make an offer on a home that is "contingent" upon sell- ing your current home. Experience has shown, however, that sellers will not by enthused by such an offer. Why should they take their home off the market while waiting for the possible sale of your home? The best bet is to go ahead and list your home for sale as soon as possible, and start looking at other homes. When your home is under contract, get your loan pre-approval and choose from the houses you've already selected as your top three. Then make your offer and make your plans to start moving!