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Norwalk, Iowa
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PageSix " " N/Warren ToWn and County News Thursday, NoVember 1, 2007 7 %. - ry Grgurich Concluded from p. 1 A. "Unfortunately, Norwalk has had little change in leadership in the past 15 years and suffered from a lack of vision and cooperation within city govemment. While Norwalk is changing economically, socially and culturally, we need a Mayor who can change with these new opportunities. As Mayor I can put my ex- perience in public policy to use by working with everyone in the city to grow to our full poten- tial while improving our city services and uniting the community. I look forward to earning your vote November 6th so that, together, we can accomplish great things." Q. If this is your first time seeking election as Mayor, have you at- tended council meetings on a regular basis prior to your becoming a can- didat~? A. "I have never sought the office of Mayor before and have made sure to attend critical council meetings as well.' Q. What leadership "qualities and experience do you have that you feel would help you lead Norwalk and it's citizens? A. "As an entre- preneur I have learned to work with people in accomplishing my goals and I think one of the best qualities of a leader is the abi!ity to inspire and motivate all types of individuals. I also possess the open- mindedness and vision needed for our growing community that is hard to find in civic leaders these days." Q. Do you serve on any city Boards or com- mittees and if so, which ones? A. "Not at this time." Q. D(~ you have any specific goals or changes within the city you would like to see made? If so, what are they? A. "Economic growth is a main priority in that we must aim to at- tract commercial busi- ness that will help ease the pressure that has been placed on our resi- dential tax payers. By aggressively working toward that commercial growth we will see Norwalk flourish and the quality of life in the city increase. In addi- tion, our city services re- quire a much larger in- crease in resources available to them. As our population grows and we contract to pro- vide services to outlying areas we must recruit full-time emergency personnel. These indi- viduals so often mean the difference between life and death for peo- ple in danger and there is no excuse for failing to provide such necessities. Finally, Norwalk's city roads and street land- scaping are in poor con- dition when you look at the property taxes our citizens pay. It is very important as we grow to work toward improving these roads and beauti- fying the area so that when people visit Nor- walk they can see how much we care aboflt our community." Q. Have you been a candidate for either council or mayor in the past and if so, when and what position? A. "I ran for city coun- cil in 2005 and came ex- tremely close to win- ning. Q. Do You have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church or- ganizations? A. "I look forward to getting involved with many of our great orga- nizations here in Nor- walk." Q. What are your hobbies and/or special interests? A. "Politics, enjoying Lakewood's amenities, weightlifting, en- trepreneurship, microfi- nance. Standridge Concluded from p. 1 Carol is a registered nurse at Blank Chil- dren's Hospital where she has been in the Neo- Natal Intensive Care since 1973. The couple have two grown sons, Steve of Des Moines, who is with Allied Na- tionwide and Mike, who is with the U.S. Navy in San Diego, CA. 0 Q. Why do you wish to serve as Mayor? A. "Working for Norwalk's Future - de- veloping and increasing the commercial tax base, maintaining lead- ership with a vision." Q. What leadership qualities and experience do you have that you feel would help you lead Norwalk and it's citizens? A. '" The organization that helped me get in- volved in "City Devel- opment" was and is the Jaycees. Following recognition by the Nor- walk Jaycees - presented with International Sen- atorship which allows' for perpetual member- ship in the alumni of the Jaycees - US JCI Senate. In this organi- zation I have served many state and national offices and appoint- ments, along with being an Advisor since 1985 to present." Q. Do you serve on any city boards or com- mittees and if so, which ones? A. "City Council three years, 1981-1983; Mayor nine years, 1984- 1993; Utility Advisory Commission, ten years, 1998-present (resigned as chair when ap- pointed as Mayor in March 2007.)" Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church or- ganizations? A. "Member of Methodist Church since 1973, Norwalk Area Chamber of Commerce - Board Member, Nor- walk Jaycees - joined in 1976; US JCI Senate, since 1980 - currently serving as National Vice President; Des Moines Jaycee Founda- tion and Clive Jaycee Foundation." Q. What are your hobbies and/or special interests? A. "When not work- ing for Norwalk either the City or the Cham- ber of Commerce, I enjoy fishing and hunting with friends and fam- ily. Also, I was a mule skinner and horse trainer in earlier life, participating in the Bi- Centennial Wagon Train m 1976 from Indianola- Des Moines (a full-day trip) and also joined the same train in Ohio for the afternoon. Have you ever driven 14 mules?" JOHN PHILLIPS OWNER-GENERAL AGENT CANDACE RITZLER OFFICE MANAGER-AGENT AUTO * HOME * FARM/RANCH * HEALTH LIFE * BUSINESS * COMMERCIAL * GROUP * BONDS 1037 Sunset Dr Norwalk, IA 50211 E-mail norwalkinsurance@mchsi.com 515-981-0434 or 1-800-746-0434 Fax 515-981-5211 Allied Insurance NaLa~,de o,ta ' II ~ BlueShield An Incependent ~c~-,n ~e of Crc~ and 8L~ ~d A~ sOC~lX)n. Our umque combination of earthmoving and unaergrounc~ utilities expertise, together with our people and our equipment stand ready to work for you There is a difference in earthmoving and underground utilities. the difference is McAninch Corporation Wahl Concluded from p. 1 Q. Why do you wish- to serve as Mayor? A. "I believe in being involved and being the Mayor would be very involved and challeng- ing. The city is con- stantly changing and I enjoy being a part of that change. Q. If this is your first time seeking election as Mayor, have you at- tended council meetings on a regular basis prior to your becoming a can- didate? A. "Yes; yes." Q. What leadership qualities and experience do you have that you feel would help you lead Norwalk and it's citizens? A. 18 years experi- ence as council member. Mother of four, wife for 38 years, former Den Leader, Cubrnaster, Girl Scout Leader, current Branch Union President and Chief Steward, serve as team leader for a Ergonornic Risk Reduc- tion Process for the USPS, organizing sev- eral events for organiza- tions and the city. I've always listened to the citizens and employees with an open mind and tried to solve small problems before they be- came big ones." Q. Do you serve on any city boards or com- mittees and if so, which ones? A. "Liaison to the Li- brary Board, co-chair of the Warren County E911 Board, Fire committee, recodification commit- tee and representative to the Warren County Fire and Emergency Ser- vices Association." Q. Do you have any specific goals or changes within the city you would like to see made? If so, what are they? A. "I would like tO see some changes in the way our city depart- ments are organized and staffed. Seems like we have duplicated ser- vices that could be com- bined. I would like to see better commumca- tion between all city staff and employees. "I want to make sure that the citizens we now have and the ones to come have the most ef- fective and efficient government possible. I would like the residents to have faith in their elected leaders again." Q. Have you been a candidate for either council or mayor in the past and if so, when and what position? A. "Yes, council mem- ber, Q. Do you have mem- berships in professional, civic, social, church or- ganizations? A. "Lifetime member Iowa Street Rod Associ- ation, Minnesota Street Rod Association, Goodguys, Eastern Star, Na tional Association of Letter Carriers, Town and Country-Festival." Q. What are your hobbies and/or special interests? A. "Old cars, grand- children, soapbox derby racing." ,LEISURE LINE Concluded from p. 3 ultimate body sculpting, Pilates and Chico Metrics. This class is designed to maximize core strength, firm and tone your butt, thighs and arms. The class will use dumbbells and dynabands that will put you to the test with added intensity. Registration Dates: Nov. 12 - 23; Winter Session h Nov. 27, 29, Dec. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, Jan. 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31; Days: Tuesday and Thursday; Time: 5:30-6:15 a.m.; Location: Norwalk Easter Public Library ICU Room; Cost per Session: one class per week $19.08 Norwalk and $21,94 for non-resident; two classes per week, $38.16 and $43.88 for non-resident. ADULT COED VOLLEYBALL STANDING .S. Oct. 16, 2007 Practice Safe Sets 16-2 34 pts. Big Hitter 15~3 33 pts. My Bad 15-3 33 pts. So What 12-6 30 pts. E! True Volleyball Story 11-7 29 pts. Set Me 10-8 28 pts. Old Farts 9-9 27pts. Court Jester 7-11~ 25 pts. Mooseheads 5-13 23 pts. Safe Sets 5-13 23 pts. Sarah and the Geriatrics 3-15 21 pts. Irish Setters 1-17 19 pts. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box, 325, Norwalk, IA 50211.