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Primary Candidates Offer Views On Supervisor Race

By Staff | Jun 3, 2010

NORLYN STOWELL Democrat Candidate County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Editor’s Note:?There are two candidates for the Democrat nomination for District Two on the Palo Alto County Board of Supervisors in Tuesday’s Primary Election. The winner of the primary will earn the right to face incumbent Supervisor Jerry Hofstad in the General Election in November.

As a public service, The Democrat asked the two candidates to answer three questions related to the position they are vying for. Their responses are presented to allow the voters to make an informed choice when they go to the polls on Tuesday, June 8.

Candidate Norlyn Stowell

Norlyn Stowell is running for the Democratic nomination for Supervisor in District II. Stowell moved to Emmetsburg in 1976, but enjoys the family history of his grandparents, who homesteaded in Palo Alto County. He has owned and operated a small business in the community since 1976 and has raised his family in Emmetsburg. For 12 years, Stowell served as the Mayor of Emmetsburg, and during that tenure, promoted an aggressive economic development program, along with the dredging of Five Island Lake, which laid the foundation for the establishment of Rockport Addition, which helped increase the tax base and community development efforts. Stowell also was involved in the collaboration between the City of Emmetsburg and Iowa Lakes Community College to construct the Smith Wellness Center and the city-college library.

Stowell also serves on the Palo Alto County Gaming Development Corporation Board of Directors, and through those efforts, were able to obtain a gaming license for Palo Alto County. Through that license, the Gaming Board has dispersed over $5.8 million in grants to communities and non-profit organizations within Palo Alto County.

NANCY WENTZEL Democrat Candidate County Board of Supervisors, District 2

Please give a little background on yourself and explain why you feel you would be the best-qualified candidate for the Supervisor’s position.

My record of public service, experience and leadership on numerous boards and commissions qualifies me to serve as District Two Supervisor. I am dedicated to the prosperous future of Palo Alto County and would never forget that we serve at the will of the people.

Please tell us what you feel are the most important issues that the Board of Supervisors face.

The Board of Supervisors is faced with tough decisions on a daily basis. The most important of those issues is how to provide the best possible service to the communities during tough economic times. The dilemma is what decisions to make that benefit most of the people most of the time with the possibility of reduced revenue. We are spending tax dollars. The Board of Supervisors must be ever vigilant in searching for opportunities to encourage diversified economic development and collaborate with other entities when practical.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, what are your goals for the county and how could they be realized?

My goal for the county is to promote an economic base utilizing all of Palo Alto County’s resources, which are its people, its agricultural industry, its communities, natural resources, tourism potential, the educational system, the health industry and Iowa Lakes Community College.

I am optimistic for the future of Palo Alto County knowing that the challenges that lay ahead present opportunities to improve the quality of life for all the citizens. If we are willing to listen, to negotiate and to perhaps even compromise, we will be able to secure a very bright future for Palo Alto County.

 

Candidate Nancy Wentzel

Nancy L. Wentzel is running for the Democratic nomination for Supervisor in District II, A life-long resident of Emmetsburg, Wentzel is the daughter of the late Lawal and Margurerite Brown. She graduated from Emmetsburg High School in1970 and from Minnesota Sate University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree. She earned a Masters degree from Iowa State University in 1976 and married Ted Wentzel in 1979.  She began her career with the Department of Human Services as a Social Worker, and she has worked in that capacity at Lakeside Lutheran Home and is currently a Social Worker for PARC Hall, and is also the Bereavement Counselor for Palo Alto County Hospice. Additionally, Wentzel works with her husband at Wentzel’s True Value, dealing with personnel, buying merchandise, advertising and sales. Nancy and Ted are the parents of three children, who all graduated from Emmetsburg High School.

Please give a little background on yourself and explain why you feel you would be the best-qualified candidate for the Supervisor’s position.

I believe I am qualified to be a Supervisor as I am passionate about Palo Alto County and the good life it provides its’ citizens. I know the importance of maintaining a budget, employing good local employees, and having a good image in the community, as my husband and I currently run two businesses in Emmetsburg. My job has always been one of a “listener” – I promise to listen to our constituents’ interests and seriously consider all concerns. I want to help make good quality decisions for Palo Alto County.

Please tell us what you feel are the most important issues that the Board of Supervisors face.

I believe the most important issue is to keep the county budget balanced. It’s hard to disperse funds from money that isn’t there and depend on county taxes to stay in line. As we all know in our own homes, especially in these difficult economic times, that we need to be cognizant of our spending.

Economic development is an issue that I have been involved with and hope to continue. We have been blessed with many investments in our county. I believe we need to continue to offer the best advantages from our county to be sure they choose our area of Iowa.

In addition, I will bring my strong background in the Social Sciences to the Board of Supervisors. Earlier in my career, I was involved with the Department of Human Services and have ideas and interest in the field of mental health, public health and similar issues that come before the board. I have the assets and education to work with these issues and make appropriate decisions.

As a member of the Board of Supervisors, what are your goals for the county and how could they be realized?

I will work closely with the Economic Development and be active in pursuing industry and businesses to come to our communities in Palo Alto County. We need to look to the future, while keeping a close watch on the present budget and supporting our entities that draw from the county budget.

I will use my background in business and social services to represent my constituents, I want to help preserve the county as it has been a wonderful place to live and I believe as a Supervisor I would be able to contribute to keeping our county strong.