In past elections, The Reporter and The Democrat have chosen not to grant endorsements of any candidate for public office, choosing rather to present the various candidates with a forum to state their views on various issues submitted by the newspaper's editorial staff. Those responses are found elsewhere it today's issue of The Democrat, to allow the voters an opportunity to make an informed decision when they cast their ballot in the upcoming elections next Tuesday, Nov. 2.
For the first time in many years, when the Iowa Legislature convenes in January, Marcie Frevert will not be there to represent the interests of Palo Alto County and House District Seven. Now we are faced with the question of selecting a new Representative to carry on the good work of Marcie Frevert.
After a careful consideration of the two candidates for the position, Democrat John Wittneben of Estherville and Lannie Miller of West Bend, the Republican candidate, The Reporter and The Democrat have chosen to endorse Lannie Miller for the Iowa House District Seven seat.
Lannie Miller has a working knowledge of government. He served on the West Bend-Mallard Community School Board for 18 years and as a member of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors for 12 years. In each of those positions, Miller has put the interests of the constituency he was elected to represent at the forefront.
Miller has consistently displayed an impressive and pers8asive leadership style through his years of service as a member of the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors, serving on countless committees and boards in the fields of Ag Drainage, Mental Health, Education and Natural Resources.
A small business owner, Miller has dealt with the complicated issues of running a small company in a highly competitive market. He has built the company into a successful organization that is currently experiencing growth and creating new jobs.
What sets Miller apart is his sense of fairness. Over his years of service, his philosophy has been to serve everyone, speak the truth, and pull no punches. Honesty and fairness are among his assets. He is a devoted family man and community booster, yet he is always ready to offer a hand of friendship. He is impassioned about the possibilities of growth for our area, through economic development efforts that he had the foresight over 20 years ago to fight to establish.
Lannie Miller once stated, "I'm not a politician, I'm just an ordinary guy around politics."
Lannie Miller knows that improving government isn't going to happen overnight. He understands that the decisions made in the statehouse often have long reaching effects on county government. Miller will give his devotion to the people and the common sense of doing what is best for District 7 and the State of Iowa.