James Osegaro, Storm Lake, announced his candidacy Monday for the 3rd District seat on the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors, running as a Republican.
He and his wife Jean have been residents of Storm Lake for 26 years, and have two grown children.
He cites business and economic issues among his reasons for seeking his first elected office.
"My strengths are in understanding the business sector and it's challenges. I am also keenly aware that as agriculture goes, so goes our economy in Buena Vista County. I have learned to watch expenses and yet know the need for growth and financial commitment," he said.
"Considering my longtime interest in state and county government, coupled with my business background, I believe there is much I can contribute to the citizens of Buena Vista County."
Osegaro opened a Lindsay Water Conditioning franchise in 1976, later branching out into several other businesses - another water conditioning franchise in Cherokee, Osegaro's Laundromat in Storm Lake, Cindy's Ice Cream Drive-in, named after his daughter Cindy and later a trailer court in Pocahontas as owner/manager. He also managed local country singer Vicki Lynn King.
He is a member of St. Mary's Parish and has served in a number of leadership positions in the Knights of Columbus, including Grand Knight. While his son, Mike, was attending St. Mary's, he served on the St. Mary's school board for three years. He was also on the Red Barn Board of Directors for five years, one as board chairman.