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Linn County Board of Supervisor District 3

This race is for Linn County Supervisor District 3 on November 3, 2020 for general election.

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    John Stuelke
    (Dem)

  • Louis J. Zumbach
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

If elected, what are your top three priorities for Linn County? How do you plan to implement them?

What will you do to strengthen diverse communities in Linn County amid the crises of Covid-19, protests, and Derecho?

What is a hope or dream you have for our community?

What personal qualifications do you have that make you uniquely qualified for the position?

District/Position for which you are running Linn County Board of Supervisors District Three
Current Job Retired Chief Deputy, Linn County Sheriff's Office
Years experience in public service 40
Campaign Email jcstuelke@msn.com
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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StuelkeforSupervisor
Candidate Information I am a native of Marion and attended schools in the Marion Independent School District, graduating from Marion High School. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration from Upper Iowa University and I attended the prestigious FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. I spent thirty-eight years as a deputy with the Linn County Sheriff's Office, the last eleven and one-half years as Sheriff Brian Gardner's Chief Deputy, the second-in-command. I have served on the Center Point City Council for twenty-two years and also served a four year term as mayor. I have been married to Lesia for twenty-nine years. I have three children from my first marriage and two with Lesia. Megan is 34 and is married to Shayne, who is retired from the Air Force. They have five children, Jhayde, Jhordyn, Justice, Jaxxon and Journey. Megan is active duty in the Air Force and has served since 2014. Brittany is 33 and her significant other is Thomas. She has a car detailing business in Cedar Rapids. Sean is 30 and is a Territory Manager for Rexco Equipment. He is married to Molly who is the Parks and Recreation Coordinator for the City of Center Point. Sean served four years in the United States Marine Corps. They have two daughters, Trystan and Charley. Ian is 24 and is married to Kathryn. They just moved to Oklahoma City so that Kathryn could enter the Masters program in Opera Performance at Oklahoma City University. Ian is currently looking for work. Jonathan is 22 and serves active duty in the United States Marine Corps. He is currently stationed in Okinawa.
1) I support the establishment of the Linn County Mental Health Access Center and would support an expansion of services. 2) I support the continued use of Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) monies to upgrade and improve County roads. 3) I would work closely with the city councils of the cities in Linn County. This could be accomplished by scheduling joint meetings to plan future projects to make sure duplication of services are not taking place.
I believe that open communication will be key to bringing us together. This of course becomes difficult due to Covid-19, but where there's a will, there's a way. I would be willing to meet with anyone or any group to make Linn County better. We can do that by respecting each other's opinions and keeping an open mind. I respect everyone's right to peaceful protests as it allows us to express our beliefs and opinions.
My hope is that Linn County will continue to be a wonderful place to live and raise our children, that once our children have grown, that they will want to stay here to work and start their own family. This can only be accomplished by providing affordable housing opportunities, well-paying jobs and excellent recreational facilities and areas. We have the privilege of living in a County where people care about each other and help each other when times get tough. It is my hope and prayer that we would continue to love and support each other and that our elected officials would make decisions that make Linn County a great place to live.

I have been a civil servant the majority of my life. I enjoy helping people and finding solutions to their issues, something I had extensive experience in as a law enforcement officer. As a father and grandfather, I know the benefit of patience and understanding. All people have worth and deserve to be heard. I am dedicated, experienced and driven and I would bring those attributes to the Board. I have a lifetime of public service and now I want to be at your service as a Linn County Board of Supervisors member. I would appreciate your vote.
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