Three from Nevada have put in names for county supervisor vacancy

Austin HarringtonSpecial to the
Journal

More than a dozen people have stepped forward to be considered to fill the vacancy on the Story County Board of Supervisors that was created when Supervisor Paul Toot died on May 6. A committee was established to choose one of the candidates to appoint to the position. That person will serve in the role of supervisor until November, when an election will be held to fill the remaining two years of Toot’s term.

The committee who will be making the decision is made up of Story County Auditor Lucy Martin, Story County Treasurer Renee Twedt and Story County Recorder Stacie Herridge.

“We received materials from 15 people,” Martin said.

Of those 15 people, the committee is required by law to appoint one of them to the position by June 14. To make that selection, there will also be an interview process with 10 specific questions chosen by the committee and a public presentation that will last five to seven minutes. Those presentations will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the public meeting room located on the second floor of the Story County Administration Building in Nevada. During that meeting, the public will also be given a chance to comment on the candidates.

Martin said that may also be the time where the committee either announces the appointment or consider who the finalists are for the position.

The committee also scheduled another meeting at 5:30 p.m. on June 8 to make final decisions on the appointment, if needed. That meeting will also take place in the public meeting room in Nevada.

Martin said she has no way of knowing if the second meeting scheduled for June 8 will be necessary or not. It will all depend on how the three members of the board who have been charged with making the appointment for the county feel about the candidates who are seeking the position.

“I just don’t know,” Martin said. “We could all clearly agree or we could all be in disagreement.”

In a previous instance when Story County Supervisor Fred Mathison died in 2001, 23 people came forward to be considered as appointments to fill the vacancy on the board. So the amount of people who added their names to those to be considered to fill the vacancy left behind by Toot’s death was not a surprise, according to Martin.

“We knew it was probably going to be a pretty high number,” She said.

People who are being considered for the position include:

Elizabeth Baird, Ames, founding member of United Way Women with Initiative.

George Belitsos, of Ames, founder and former CEO of Youth and Shelter Services.

Brenda Brink, of Huxley, member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action Fund.

Martin Chitty, of Nevada, President of the Nevada School Board.

Roxanne Dass, of Ames, Deputy Field Director, North Central Iowa for America’s Renewable Future.

Charles Good, of Nevada, owner of Good And Quick in Nevada.

Arden Greiner, of Colo, Director of District Two for Consumers Energy.

John Kruzich, of Nevada, Director of the Central Iowa Drug Task Force.

Linda Murken, of Gilbert, member of the League of Women Voters of Ames and Story County

Dane Nealson, of Ames, Former Field Director at Americans for Prosperity.

Lauris Olson, of Ames, former journalist, who is currently running as a Democratic candidate for a seat on the Story County Board of Supervisors that is being vacated by Supervisor Wayne Clinton.

Scott Schaben, of Ames, Navy veteran who is currently running as the Republican candidate for a seat on the Story County Board of Supervisors that is being vacated by Supervisor Wayne Clinton.

Ted Tedesco, of Ames, former Mayor of Ames.

David Whitaker, of Ames, owner/auctioneer at Whitaker Marketing Group and realtor with Century 21.

Galen Wilke, of Ames, retired Vice President and General Manager of the Middle East and Africa for Fisher Controls and serves on the board of directors of Friendship Ark Homes.