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City council: A better community starts with you

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:11 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013 11:18 a.m. CDT

Leaders wanted!

Candidates seeking to join the seven-person Creston City Council have until 5 p.m. Sept. 19 to file nomination papers with City Clerk Lisa Williamson.

With terms expiring Dec. 31 for council members Randy White, Ann Levine, Larry Wagner and Paul Vandervender leaves vacancies to be filled in wards 1, 3, 5 and one at-large vacancy, respectively.

New or returning representatives will be chosen once votes are tallied from Creston’s city election Nov. 5.

In the running

Creston Ward 1 Councilman Randy White, who took office in January 2006 and was re-elected in 2009, said he will run again for city council this fall.

“I feel like we’ve done a lot of good things,” said White. “I’ve learned a lot since I’ve started and learn more every day.”

Also seeking re-election are Ward 3 Councilwoman Ann Levine and Creston At-Large Councilman Paul Vandervender.

Ward 5 Councilman Larry Wagner, said he will not be in the running after his term expires Dec. 31.

After “seven years and seven months” on the council, Wagner said he’s had his time, had fun and met a ton of really great people.”

“We need to keep things rotating up there,” said Wagner. “I’m just not a believer in 20-year terms. I think people should flip over every once in awhile and give other people a chance.”

Although Wagner is leaving the council in December, he said it is not the end of the road.

“I’m going to take a couple of years off and hang out with my lovely bride,” said Wagner. “I wanna do something else when I get done resting.”

What it takes

Woods said candidates don’t necessarily need a whole lot of experience, but candidates should be “vitally” interested in Creston.

“Somebody with a good positive outlook,” said Creston Mayor Warren Woods. “One who will move Creston forward.”

Woods encourages residents with “new, young and fresh” ideas to run.

The nomination form states candidates must be a citizen of the United States, resident of Iowa, at least 18 years old and collect a minimum of 25 signatures to run for the council. Candidates may not be convicted felons, currently judged incompetent to vote by a court or claim the right to vote in any other place.

Where to apply

Nomination forms and instructions for nomination are available at the Union County Auditor’s office, 300 N. Pine St., or the City Clerk’s office, 116 W. Adams St., second floor.

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