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County politicians gear up for election

By Staff | Oct 16, 2008

Emmet County Republicans found warmth at their party’s headquarters the night of Oct. 14 despite the damp weather conditions.

Two of the four candidates whose names appear on the Emmet County ballot took the floor at 507 Central Ave. in Estherville and shared some of their opinions and views.

Holding “the youngest Republican in the county” (daughter Sophia), Tim Schumacher explained why he is seeking a seat on the Emmet County Board of Supervisors.

A citizen in Emmet County for 18 years, the candidate has seen many things and worked in numerous capacities.

Currently in property management, Schumacher was a teacher in Emmet County and a successful entrepreneur. In the years prior to moving to Emmet County, he farmed in North Dakota.

He said all of these experiences have given him a “broad range of knowledge.”

While Schumacher believes the current board of supervisors is doing a great job, he thinks it is time to branch out with greater visibility for growth in the county.

“The answer is not always ‘let’s raise taxes.'”

He added he wants to see Emmet County be a destination rather than a place to leave.

Calling it the county’s most precious and greenest asset, Schumacher said the county needs to put that 18 mph wind which is always present to good use.

Also addressing the crowd was Deb Satern who is seeking the Iowa House of Representative District 7 seat.

She said her campaign has provided her some wonderful experiences.

She noted her dismay the State of Iowa has been in the red for the past two years.

Satern listed the three State suggestions offered to fix the problem, including:

n Raise taxes.

n Cut the budget.

n Have the federal government bail out states that are in financial trouble.

“We need to cut things we don’t really need.”

She noted the state paid $750,000 for the river walk in Des Moines and $100,000 for flower pots in and around the Capitol building.

It bothers Satern too that the State is pumping money into prison renovation instead of helping flood victims in Eastern Iowa.

“Remember the money belongs to all of us.”

Praising Emmet County, she said it is a great place to live where the folks have “a strong work ethic, are kind and sincere.”

She added, “We need people in government who don’t overspend everything.”

Running for the House seat, Satern said she will be a representative for everyone.

Standing in for her ill husband, Norma Beaver said Randy Beaver is seeking his third term on the Emmet County Board of Supervisors.

“He’s been a supervisor for eight years and this year’s election is more of a challenge than any other election.”

That’s because there are two Republicans and three Democrats seeking three seats.

She said her husband brings a wealth of information to the board as he was a part of the county road department for 27 years.

“On the board, he oversees the roads and the budget,” she explained.

“Randy is a good listener. Being a lifelong Emmet County resident, his heart’s here and he really cares about what will happen.”

Republican candidate for Emmet County sheriff, Gene Haukoos was absent due to another previously scheduled political function.

His power point was available for viewing.

County politicians gear up for election

By Staff | Oct 16, 2008

Talk about their Republican opponents got a little spicy at the Democratic chili feed Tuesday night at Iowa Lakes Community College.

Mikki Erickson noted her experience and education in her bid for Emmet County Auditor.

“I’ll be as prepared as I can,” Erickson said. “I’ll work as hard as I can. I’ll work to make Emmet County Democrats proud.”

Bev Juhl, who has given her notice of resignation as Emmet County auditor and is running for supervisor, noted her 24 years of experience in the auditor’s office. “I appreciate your support the past 24 years,” Juhl said.

Emmet County Board of Supervisors Chair Alan Madden, running for re-election, noted that he wanted to continue to serve all of Emmet County.

Supervisor Roger Anderson, a 20-year veteran on the board of supervisors, said his experience will help him continue to do a good job for Emmet County.

“I can relate to a lot of things,” Anderson said. He pointed to his experience in issues such as mental health, economic development, public health and the CAASA board. “If elected I’ll continue to work real hard in all of these areas,” Anderson said.

Emmet County Chief Deputy Mike Martens, candidate for sheriff, underscored his local roots as a graduate of Estherville High School and Iowa Lakes Community College and his 25 years of service in the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department.

“I bring to the county and the sheriff’s office an awful lot of experience,” Martens said. “I truly believe that in order to lead people you need to be with them.”

“This is something that I feel pretty strongly about, that we ought to have a houseful of Democrats in the courthouse,” said John Nelson, Emmet County Democratic chair.