The Times-Republican allows candidates running for the Wayne County Board of Supervisors during election to answer the question “If you were to be elected in this position, what are your goals and what do you hope to accomplish?” We wanted to give the appointed supervisor the same opportunity.
I would like to take this opportunity to say that I am humbled to be selected to the position of Wayne County Supervisor from nine qualified applicants. I want people to know me personally so they can better understand what I bring to the office of supervisor.
I was born and raised on a small farm southwest of Seymour. We were poor as was most everyone else. A farmer diversified and made do with what they had or they did not survive. Because of this we learned a good work ethic, the value of a dollar and integrity. A man’s word was his “bond”.
I received a very good education from Seymour High School and graduated in 1964. Jobs were scarce so I decided I should further my education. After graduating from Centerville Community College I was going to have to work a year to finance the next two years but Uncle Sam decided I was needed for the Vietnam conflict. I joined the U.S. Navy in 1966, one of the hottest times of the Vietnam war. There was no lottery, if Uncle Sam wanted you, you joined or got drafted. After a schooling in electronics, I was stationed in Puerto Rico for three years and then was sent to the U.S.S. Ranger for about a year. I got married to the former Doris Hancox and we had our first child (Christina) while in Puerto Rico. She has a dual citizenship and that really caused Homeland Security fits lately when she renewed her driver’s license.
After being discharged from the Navy, I enrolled at Iowa State and graduated with a BS in Industrial Technology. Our second child (Brenda) was born during this time. After graduation I took a position at Fisher Controls in Marshalltown. We lived in the little town of Rhodes. While living there I served on the city council. What an eye opener!
After two years at Fisher Controls the Industrial Arts position (called shop in those days) opened and I applied. I started teaching at Seymour in 1976. Why did I start teaching in a small school in southern Iowa when I had a good paying job? To be honest, after high school I thought southern Iowa was a place to leave. After seeing some of the world, I looked upon southern Iowa as the place where I wanted to raise my family. I probably would of retired from teaching at Seymour but the superintendent was suggesting that they might have to cut that position to half time. I could not afford that so after 13 years I took the Industrial Arts position at Centerville High School. Fourteen years later I retired from teaching.
The aging process encouraged us to look for a place with everything on one level. So about six years ago we found such a place and moved to Corydon. Is Wayne County and the City of Corydon perfect? No, but it is still so much better than most of what I saw of the world. Where else do some people still not lock their doors and people driving wave at someone they do not know from Adam.
Why did I consider applying and what do I hope to accomplish as a Wayne County Supervisor? I consider Wayne County a great place to live and raise a family. It would be my goal to make decisions for economic growth of Wayne county but not at the cost of our rural county values. I would like to see our county be a place where our young people want to stay and are economically able to do so.