Bill Lanphere announced his candidacy for the Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors Tuesday.
The self-described "fiscal conservative" is seeking to take the District 1 seat now held by fellow Republican Doug Bruns, which includes much of the western part of the county.
"I have something to contribute, having farmed in the Rembrandt area along with several other counties and being the owner of commercial properties in Storm Lake. I have the experience and the broad perspective to represent all aspects of Buena Vista County," Lanphere said.
Although the race sets up a potential June primary against his party-mate Bruns, Lanphere said he has no ax to grind against the incumbent.
"I have nothing against him at all; it's just that I'd like a turn to try," he said. No Democrat challenger has yet emerged for that district.
Lanphere said he first considered a run for local office four years ago. "I don't think at this stage I'd want to wait another four years," he said.
He predicts the road ahead will be difficult for local government.
"I think there will be some real hard decisions coming down the road, both for the county and the city council in Storm Lake. Some of those decisions may be unpopular," he said.
Lanphere spent 22 years as executive director of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce.
He served 10 years on the Iowa Central Community College Foundation Board of Directors, and has served 15 years with the local chapter of the American Red Cross, the last several as president.
He has also been involved in the community as a longtime leader of the Buena Vista County Pals (Big Brother and Big Sister program), a member of the board of the Buena Vista Community Theater, an active member of Storm Lake Kiwanis and past president and past Nebraska/IIowa Lt. Governor of Kiwanis.
He helped to organize the Storm Lake Dollars for Scholars scholarship program and the Storm Lake Foundation responsible for the Field of Dreams sports complex.
Lanphere is a graduate of Iowa State University, an Army veteran, and a resident of the county for over 30 years. He has four grown children.
Active in Republican politics for many years, he has served as a caucus chair, precinct chair, county central committee member, and as a delegate at the county, district and state levels. He is the current committee chairperson of the Buena Vista County Railsplitters, responsible for county Republican party fundraising.
The only candidate to file completed nomination paperwork as of early this week was local businessman Jim Osegaro, a Republican set to challenge Democrat incumbent Jim Gustafson in District 3. Incumbent Dick Vail's seat will also be up for election.