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Western Iowa Regents snub may hurt Culver

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Some lawmakers say the absence of western Iowans from Gov. Chet Culver's latest Board of Regents list of appointees may make it difficult for him to gain approval.

None of the four individuals named to the board last week nor the five existing members are from the western part of the state.

Sen. Jeff Angelo, R-Creston, said people from that region will want their interests represented on the board, as many students from there attend state-run schools and pay taxes for those institutions.

"Ultimately, this is going to put some nominations in jeopardy," he said.

With Culver's appointments, five of the nine board members would live in the greater Des Moines area.

At least four people from the western third of the state applied for appointments. Connie Maxson, chief administrator of Green Valley Area Education Agency in Creston, was among them.

"I'm a little disappointed," she said. "The population shift tends to be from Des Moines east, but that doesn't mean we don't have an interest."

Universities fear un-represented Iowans may quit donating.

The Senate has until April 15 to make a motion on the appointment.

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