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Meet the November 7 city election candidates

November 3, 2017
Traer Star-Clipper

The city elections on November 7 include six candidates running for three council seats, plus one candidate for mayor.

Pete Holden is running unopposed for a 2-year term as Mayor of Traer.

Current council members Craig (Josh) Youel and Steve Foster are also running unopposed for two regular 4-year terms.

There are four candidates running for one 2-year term to fill out the unexpired term of Ray Mundt, who resigned.

The city asked each of the candidates to provide a little information on themselves and why they are running for council. The following information was provided:

Pete Holden

"For the past 8 years as Mayor, I have worked for continued growth and prosperity in Traer and will continue to do so in this upcoming term."

Craig (Josh) Youel

"I have lived, worked and raised a family in Traer for the past 35 years. Just three weeks ago my wife closed her furniture store that she has worked at or owned the past 38 years. I care about Traer and want to see this town continue to grow, improve and prosper. If serving on the City Council is one way I can help Traer and the community, I'm glad to do that. I am very proud of the new pool being built and it is just one of the many projects that show Traer is progressive and moving forward. Thanks for all of the community's support of Traer. Please vote on Nov. 7th."

Steve Foster

"I want to continue to serve the community of Traer which has given so much to our family for the past 35 years."

Eric McEwen

"I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I am Eric McEwen and I am interested in serving on the Traer City Council. I have lived in Traer for approximately 13 years. I worked for Traer Manufacturing until it shut down. I now work for DuPont Pioneer as a production supervisor at the Dysart Pioneer plant. I have been married to my wife, Erin, for 4 years. We have three sons: Drake (4), Jett (2) and Cruz (4 months). In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Hawkeye football, grilling/smoking, fishing, and come spring I will be riding my Harley. I am interested in serving on Traer City Council to be more involved in keeping Traer a great place to live. I have enjoyed living here for the last 13 years and I plan on raising my sons in this wonderful, small town. I have fond memories of Traer from a very young age as my grandparents, Richard & Jean McEwen, lived here and raised my dad Gary and uncle Greg here. I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to the City Council. Please consider voting for me for Traer City Council in the upcoming election. Thank you for your consideration."

Laurie Schafer

"My husband and I will be 'empty nesters' very soon. With our third and last daughter heading to college next fall I would like to 'give back' to our community and that is why I'm running for City Council. I would like to see Traer grow in the business area - with either small or large businesses. I believe if we have thriving business in Traer, it will attract families to our area and in turn will bring children to North Tama Community Schools."

James "Jim" Dinsdale

"Having been a former Traer business owner for 40 years and also having served 8 years as a prior Traer City Council member, I am now retired and looking to make improvements to our city streets."

E. Carol Detje

"I've been married to Chris Detje for 56 years. We have five daughters and all but one live in Traer. We have 11 grandchildren, 1 great-granddaughter, and all but one goes to or has gone to North Tama Community Schools. I helped started the Traer Ambulance Service, worked as a nurse's aide, med. aide, and rehab aide at the Traer Nursing Home then located on Hwy 63 and now at its current location. I've done nursing care for 32 years. I've lived in Traer for 58 years, and I've also been driving a bus for North Tama Schools for the last 55 years. I'm also a member of the Traer Lions Club. I am running for council because I'm interested in the airport and other things in Traer. I also helped put in the first airport runway lights with Albert & Chris Detje. It's come a long way since 1960. I'd also like to see all the junk cars that don't have license plates on, etc. cleaned out. I'm interested in Traer and its people - we need more young people here in Traer. Hoping to get your vote!"

 
 

 

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