Former Nevada mayor Lynn Lathrop is entering his name for consideration for the vacant Board of Supervisors seat, he said on Friday.
Lathrop, who served as mayor in Nevada from 2013-2017, said he has previously flirted with the idea of making a run for the supervisor’s seat in 2017, when Martin Chitty was up for re-election.
“After my time as mayor ended in 2017, I always wanted to continue being involved with the city and various projects, but I had an interest in the seat back when (Chitty) was running,” said Lathrop, who recently worked with the Story County Veteran Affairs Commission. “I decided to wait it out bit and do some groundwork on what the county does, and the process of a supervisor. When I heard that Rick Sanders was leaving to do good things at the Iowa State Research Park, I knew that I wanted to put my name in the running.”
After a 44-year career in the food industry, the ex-marine was elected mayor in 2013 and during his tenure he oversaw a task force which worked on improvements along U.S. Highway 30, the early-stages of the installation of the city’s new wastewater treatment plant and the early development of the intersection-widening project at Airport Road and Lincoln Highway.
If appointed, Lathrop, a Republican, has two areas he’d like to address as a supervisor, including increasing the workforce in the county’s various towns and cities, and establish countywide affordable housing.
“Labor is very hard to find, and industry in Story County is growing and talent is needed,” Lathrop said. “We need to work on getting some skilled workforce here in Nevada, Story City and these other towns and cities. Because there’s a ton of talent out there that can fill this need for labor.”
To accommodate what he hopes would be an influx of new labor and talent, Lathrop says affordable housing throughout the county is another need to address.
“We need mid-range housing for young workers, because if they’re going to work in these cities and towns, we always want them to live in the county as well,” Lathrop said. “We’ve got enough talent here in Story County to be able to figure those two areas.”
Ultimately, Lathrop championed himself as a “great communicator,” who wants to get to the issues that are affecting the county’s residents the most.
“I believe in giving people your time,” he said. “I want to hear every concern, even if takes all the time in the world — I want to know what the residents in the county are facing and how I can help.”
Lathrop and eight-term Democratic state Rep. Lisa Heddens are the two candidates who have announced so far that they are seeking appointment to outgoing Republican Supervisor Rick Sanders’ vacant seat. The county’s Vacancy Committee is accepting applications until 5 p.m. on July 5.
Following a series of final decisions over the course of two meetings on June 10 and 13, the committee hopes to appoint and swear in a new supervisor at the June 18 Board of Supervisors meeting to join Board Chair Linda Murken and Supervisor Lauris Olson, both of whom are Democrats.