Jerry Gosch will join a field of two other candidates running as Republicans for Buena Vista County supervisor in the June 6 primary.
Also running are Republicans Terry Murray, a Storm Lake area farmer, and Sandy Johnson, who retired recently after serving 35 years with USDA Rural Development.
Gosch, a lifetime Schaller area resident, and his wife, Dee, moved to Storm Lake in 2000 and have owned property in Buena Vista County since 1997. They now live in Grant Township and have two grown sons and three granddaughters.
"I have done business in this area all my life and am well acquainted with numerous residents, be it business, professional, organizations, or friends," Gosch said. "I am an avid sportsman and conservationist."
Gosch has been elected as an elder of the Presbyterian Church. He is a past member of the Sac County Fair Board, past president of the Sac County Beef Producers, and the Sac County Board of Supervisors.
As a supervisor, he participated in the establishment of the Youth Emergency Center for area counties and the Sac County E-911.
He served in numerous committees as a supervisor. He is a 35-year member of the American Legion and is also a member of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association and the Farm Bureau. From the 1960s through 1993 he was a grain and livestock farmer and still maintains a cow/calf operation. For the past 15 years he has owned and operated a long-haul trucking business.
"I will work to ensure private property is never confiscated for private profit or a higher tax base under guise of eminent domain," Gosch said, referring to the U.S. Supreme Court decision favoring the City of New Haven, Conn., which took private land for a private development in an eminent domain decision this past June.
Gosch says he is concerned with property tax levels and how property taxes are used.
"Primarily people, not property, should pay people services," Gosch said.
Other concerns Gosch cited are the rising cost of health care and its impact on county government. Another concern is the cost of lateral drainage assessments to drainage districts.
Gosch favors the new jail and has confidence in the sheriff's department. He would like to explore the possibility of a volunteer oversight committee and try to get a local Veterans Administration administrative site.
"I am and have been described as a very independent fiscal conservative," Gosch said. "I will not carry any political baggage into the boardroom nor do I or will I owe any political favors. If elected, I will discontinue my participation in the trucking business."
"For the political record I have always been a registered Republican until the mid-90s when I believe the National Republican Committee moved away from us, the more conservative real people of the country," Gosch said. "Until just recently I have been registered as an independent. There is not an opening in Iowa's primary election for an independent and I feel the local and state Republican party still share the same values that I have."