There will be a race for the mayor position and a race for two council seats during Tuesday's election in Alta. Everyone's votes are needed; polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Running for the position of mayor are Tom French and Chris Ledoux. Running for the two council seats are incumbents Brian Walsh and Bruce McGowan and Pam Henderson.
Meet your candidates!
Name: Chris Ledoux
Family: Husband Clem; daughter and family Allison, Ryan and baby Brayton; and parents Jim and Blondina Grienke
Why did you decide to run? One reason that I am running is that I feel we need someone in these positions instead of all family members. I feel it is definitely time for a change - some new ideas, input and supervision. Alta needs other representatives that come from other than just one family. Alta residents should have more of a variety on their city government.
Are there particular projects or issues that you see as important? I feel that right now, one thing that needs to be reviewed would be our by-laws and codes. There are limitations on what the council can do on their own. Sometimes, this has been overlooked. We do have policies and procedures to follow. We're all in favor of change and progress as long as it benefits the entire city.
Right now we need to take care of what we already have going for us and not losing sight of our present residents and businesses. We need to remember that right now, Alta is a small town and try to keep it comfortable, friendly and safe. At the present time, we have some double standards going on and we need to put a stop to them and be fair.
Do you have any particular goals you would like to fulfill if you are elected? I would like to see our council meetings go back to the first Monday of the month (as they are to be according to our codes.) I would also like to have them televised to get the public more involved and aware. Right now you can attend these meetings and still not have any idea of what happened or what they decided on. For example, Resolution #1068. There will be discussion, if any, voting, waiving the second and third readings and passing. What is Resolution #1068? You don't know until it comes out in the paper. The council members are sent out packets before the meeting and a public bystander doesn't have any idea what is going on. I would like to see this changed. I think some of you would be very surprised at the procedures and behaviors of the elected representatives.
I feel whoever fills these positions will need to make sure that things are being handled as they should be. For example, we need to have minutes from every meeting that is ever held - from all boards , councils, committees, etc., which hasn't been done. We need to stay consistent throughout! These minutes are very
important, escially as time goes on. Everyday common business sense tells you that.
My main goal will be to promote fairness, all around. I would like to have an open-door policy - no more secrets. Let the people of Alta know what's going on and keep them informed about all issues.
What can you offer to the city government and to the people of Alta? I was raised that no one is better than their neighbor or anyone else. I think that's probably what we all were taught. If I were to be elected mayor, I would make sure that this would be remembered and practiced. Our city council and mayor are our elected officials and are put in these positions to represent us all, not just a select group. They are here to look out for the city's and the residents' well-being. If it weren't for the residents, they wouldn't be in the positions they are in. As an observer at many of the council meetings, I feel that this has been forgotten on more than one occasion. They aren't there to judge - they are there to help. I promise that I will not forget.
Name: Tom French
Family: Wife Linda of 39 years and three children: Jerry and wife Shawn, Duluth, Ga; Michelle and husband Todd, Ankeny; and Jill and husband Brian, rural Alta; and six children and another due in January.
Why did you decide to run? I have served on numerous boards which include Board of Adjustments, the Alta City Council for eight years, Utility Board for Alta Municipal Utilities for six years, several offices in the church, president of the Alta Golf and Country Club, president of the Iowa Secondary Roads Superintendents organization. I have lived in Alta the majority of my life and want to continue to give to my community as it has been a great place to raise my family.
Do you have an particular goals you would like to fulfill if you are elected? My goals would be to make some needed street repairs as the money would allow. When serving on the council, I always tried to see that we had a balanced budget which I think is very important. With the purchase of land on the northeast corner of Alta, I would like to see continued growth in the industrial park which in turn would create more jobs in the community.
What can you offer to the city government and to the people of Alta? I can offer my many years of experience in all aspects of being mayor of Alta.
Name: Bruce McGowan (Incumbent)
Family: Wife Deanna and children Todd, Kristy and Kelsey
Why did you decide to run? I am running again because I would like to see the city-wide clean-up continue. I also want to continue to be involved with the new industrial park and possible land development on the eastside of town. I enjoy the community service of being a council member for the city of Alta.
How many years have you served? 10
Are there particular projects or issues that you see as important? I feel it is very important to try and bring new businesses to town and also keep the existing ones here.
Do you have an particular goals you would like to fulfill if you are elected? I would like to see Alta grow and help make it continue to be one of the best communities for its size.
What can you offer to the city government and to the people of Alta? I have 10 years experience to offer. I will listen to the people of Alta. I am familiar with the budget process and I would try to spend the taxpayers' money wisely.
Name: Pam Henderson
Family: Husband John of 26 1/2 years; God-daughter Cassie Bishop; cat Spice; and exchange student Csilla Vargova
Why did you decide to run? I am interested in the business and laws of the town of Alta.
Are there particular projects or issues that you see as important? I would like to see new business in Alta. Also, I would like to see fairness and equality.
Do you have an particular goals you would like to fulfill if you are elected? Try to make the town of Alta thrive and prosper with business, friendly people and great facilities.
What can you offer to the city government and to the people of Alta? I have lived here all my life so I have seen good changes as well as not so good changes in the town and its government. I feel I can offer some new ideas and approaches to continue to make Alta one of the best towns around to live, learn and grow. I have worked in the town of Alta for over 29 years.
Requested information was not available from incumbent Brian Walsh.