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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR A . norwotk Warsaw mimic NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors and News SMMLTOWNPAPERS 21.7 WEST COTA SHELTON WA 88584—2283 )6 .5075? Daylight Savings ends Sunday, Nov. . Set clocks back one hour! Vol. 47 No. 25 Norwalk, Iowa 5021 1 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 City Election Tuesday, Nov. 3(2015) Norwalk City Elections will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, and all Norwalk precincts will vote at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, 720 Orchard Hills Dr., Norwalk. The polls will be open from 7 am. until 8 p.m. The site is accessible to elderly and disabled voters. Questionnaires were sent to the candidates who are seeking election to the Norwalk City Council. Following is the information that was returned to this newspaper. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. Kyle Jackson Kyle Jackson, 37, is As- sistant General Counsel, Oldcastle, Inc. He is single and resides at 4847 Lak4ewood Drive. Q. Why do you wish to serve on the Norwalk City Council? A, “I moved to Norwalk over ten years ago because I enjoy the small town ben- efits that it offers. Two years ago, I didn’t feel like Norwalk was on the right path, which is why I ran for council in 2013. Since that time, he advises that "your current council has strived hard to put this city on the right path forward and we are succeeding. We are at a critical crossroads in setting the pace for Norwalk’s future, and I want to continue what we have started. Being one of the Norwalk City Council members appointed to the Norwalk Economic Devel- opment Committee, and having worked tirelessly over the last two years to build relationships with residents, businesses, de- velopers, city staff and elected officials, I’m in a position to ensure that quality growth in Norwalk endures into the future.” Q. I s this your first time seeking election? A. "I have been on the Norwalk City Council since November 2013.” Q. Do you serve on any city boards or committees and if so, which ones? Concluded p. 12 Ed Kuhl Ed Kuhl, 65, is a retired Norwalk Police Chief. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies (emphasis on criminal justice and public administration) University of Nebraska; numerous police and mili- tary schools. His wife, Diane, is Administrative Assistant of Iowa Finance Authority. They moved to 9301 Happy Hollow Drive in August 1999. They have two grandchildren who attend Norwalk schools. Q. Why do you wish to serve on the N orwalk City Council? A. “I enjoy serving our community, problem solv— ing and interacting with people. My background as a former Police Chief has uniquely prepared me for this role. I have helped prepare 14 City budgets, attended around 336 regu- lar Council meetings, made tough decisions and maintained the confidence of the public and fellow coworkers. I understand the challenges and needs of our community, the op- eration of City govern- ment and the City’s legis— lative process. I have a1— .iys tried to make sound cisions and remember 9,000 residents who ‘n’t in the room when .xisions are bein g made. mg retired, I have more is to focus on being pre- ed for the Council de- -.:ons and available for Concluded p. 12 David Lester David Lester, 36, and his wife, Amy, live at 808 Gordon Avenue with their two children. David is an Accountant at City State Bank and Amy is a Special Education teacher at Norwalk High School. David grew up in and around Norwalk and has lived in Norwalk since he and Amy moved here 13 years ago. He is a gradu- ate of Norwalk High School and has a BS. in Finance and a as. in Ac- counting from Iowa State University. He is also a Certified Public Accoun— tant. Q. Why do you wish to serve on the Norwalk City Council? ' A. "I have put a lot of thought into why I am running and it boils down to two words: "I care.” I care about the direction the city of Norwalk goes because I have been in and around Norwalk for mest of my life. I care about the big picture and how laws, policies, goals, etc. affect the entire city, not just one person or neighborhood. I am not running because of one or two issues, I want to see Norwalk be the best it can be. Growing up in the Norwalk community, I have been involved with and a leader in many com- munity groups. I am an Eagle Scout from Norwalk and continue to give back to the community through Continued p. 12 Stephanie Riva Stephanie Riva, 56, and her husband, Herman, have lived at 3720 Bluestem Road since 2006. She is an independent copy editor and proof- reader. Herman’s career is in investments. Stephanie has an A.A.S. in Business/ Accounting, Rochester In- stitute of Technology (1980); BS. in Business/Fi— nance, Montclair State University (1982); Char— tered Financial Analyst (2001). Q. Why do you wish to serve on the Norwalk City Council? A. "I want to drive the growth of Norwalk using. the Comprehensive Plan as a guide so that the needs of existing residents and businesses are balanced with the needs of those new to Norwalk.” Q. If this is your first time seeking election to the Norwalk City Council, have you attended council meetings prior to your be- coming a candidate? A. "Yes, I have been a regular attendee at City Council meetings since I moved to Norwalk.” Q. Do you serve on any city boards or committees and if so, which ones? A. “I currently serve on the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission (ap- pointed in 2008; Chair since 2010); Economic De- velopment Subcommittee; and the Economic Devel- Concluded p. 13 email: news@norwalknewspaper.com Meet the Candidates Night Monday, Nov. 2 at p.m., Norwalk City Hall. Trick-or-Treat Night Oct. 30 The Norwalk City Council has set Friday, Oct. 30, as Trick-or-Treat Night. Youngsters will observe the annual event from 6 to 8 p.m. Drivers are re- minded to drive carefully as the children are excited and they do not always pay attention as they dart across streets. Chicken 8: Noodle too Firehouse Chili Supper Nov. 3 Members of Norwalk Firefighters Association will host a Firehouse Chili Supper Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Norwalk Firehouse, 1100 Chatham Ave. The event, sponsored by the Norwalk Firefighters Association, is being held on Election Night so that busy parents won’t have to cook an evening meal for the fam- ily. Cost for the chili and chicken and noodle meal is a free-will donation. Family Bingo Family Bingo Night at. the Norwalk Easter Public Library is the first Sunday of the month from 5-7 p.m. Norwalk Park and Rec and Norwalk Lions Club are working together to provide an enjoyable evening and an opportu- nity to play Bingo with family, friends and neigh- bors on the following dates November 1, Decem- ber 6, February 7 and March 6. Bingo cards are one for 25 cents or three for 50 cents. Those attending are asked to bring a snack to share. For more informa- tion call Lions Club mem- bers Susan and Fred Leverman at 771-2259 members of the Norwalk Lions Club. Thursday, October 29, 201 Methodist Chicken and Noodle Dinner The Norwalk United Methodist Women will be having their annual fall Chicken Noodle Dinner Sunday, Nov. 1, from 4-7 p.m., at the church, 1801 Sunset Dr. They will serve the traditional chicken and noodles with the extras, including homemade pies and desserts. There is no charge for the dinner, however a free will offer- ing will be accepted. Consider this meal "Chicken and Noodles For The Soul!” Treat yourself, your family and friends to a tasty meal that will fill your stomach and care for the needs of others. Pro- ceeds from this dinner will help provide a helping hand for families (locally, nationally and intemation— ally) who are in difficult situations and in need. Past dinners have helped provide funds for needs from utility assistance for local families to humani- tarian support on the other side of the world. Will you let us serve you so that we might serve others? You generous sup- port of the 2015 Chicken and Noodles Dinner at the Norwalk United Method- ist Church is appreciated. NSU CAN DRIVE By Joseph Oswald The Norwalk Student Union will be holding a Pop Can Drive Saturday, Oct. 31, from 10 am. until 2 p.m. in order to raise money to buy winter clothes and books to dis— tribute to disadvantaged children and families in our area. We will be going door to door around town pick- 1 ing up cans and bottles with the IA deposit stamp, but given our limited number of members, reaching the whole town can be difficult. That said, if you have cans and want to make sure that they will be picked up, or would like us to get them before the Slst, please text your address to 515-729-1923 and they will be picked up.