Osegaro looks for 'proactive' county impact
2nd in an election analysis series
James Osegaro is bringing a positive message to his campaign for county supervisor, he says, while he looks at ways to make the county grow.
The Republican candidate for District 3 Supervisor has lived in BV County for 27 years. He and his wife, Jean, have three children.
They have owned and operated several businesses during that time, including two soft water conditioning dealerships, an ice cream store and a laundromat. Currently they manage rental properties in Storm Lake and also in Pocahontas.
Osegaro chose to run because he feels he can be a positive influence on the county.
"I think the county needs to be a little more proactive than it has been in the past, and I believe I'm a proactive candidate," Osegaro said. "I have a lot of business experience that would be beneficial to the county, because I could bring the experience of a businessman with a business attitude to the county."
If elected, Osegaro feels his business experience will be an asset to him in dealing with the management of the county's budget.
"Because the supervisory position is a fiscally responsible position I think that there might be places where we need to divert financial attention to," he said.
He would like to help promote Buena Vista County into the future.
"I think the attitude of bringing the county forward and doing things more progressively is very important at this time," Osegaro said. "At a time when all of northwest Iowa is being less progressive and things seem to be economically soft, I think an attitude of positive direction is something that we need, and I believe I could do that with my business experience."
Osegaro speaks Spanish fluently, and feels that can be an advantage to more than just Storm Lake's diverse population.
"With my Hispanic background I believe I can help bridge the gap between the longtime residents of the county with the new residents of the different communities," Osegaro said. "That's not just in Storm Lake but in all towns within Buena Vista County."
There are a number of issues Osegaro has been hearing while campaigning for supervisor.
"I've learned that the people living here have a lot of concerns about the quality of their life as in air and water and environment," Osegaro said. "I've been concerned with water quality for the last 25 years of my life and I've learned that these issues and others like farm issues are things that are important to people."
Economic development is also an important issue.
"I've also learned that the people are concerned about downtown main streets in their towns and why Buena Vista County is always looking over the fence at other counties," Osegaro said. "My goal would be to help improve that and help the county become more progressive."
There are several important issues facing the county's budget, he said.
"The budget is a huge issue that really needs to be looked at," he said. "There are deficits that the county is going to be concerned about in the future."
Osegaro said improving and protecting the quality of the waters of Storm Lake is another major issue in his campaign.
"I've been a supporter of the lake project, and as a candidate and a resident I feel that it's important to improve the quality of the lake," Osegaro said. "It's a natural resource and we have to try to protect that. However, we have to recognize the fact that we can't have unlimited spending on the lake, because we don't want to commit ourselves to expenses that we can't afford in the future."
He feels the county can also work together more as a whole.
"There are issues outside of the city proper here that need to be addressed," Osegaro said. "We need to be looking at towns like Rembrandt and Sioux Rapids and Linn Grove and concern ourselves with the needs of the people in those towns as well."
Osegaro is a member of St. Mary's parish, the Knights of Columbus, the Lions and Farm Bureau. He has also served on the St. Mary's School Board and the board of directors of the Red Barn. His civic and business experience are two other things he is bringing to this campaign.
"I believe that as a candidate who has had a successful business experience and has been in business for a long time that that puts me in a positive place right now," Osegaro said. "I feel I'm a proactive candidate, and I feel that's something the county needs right now."
* For more information on the Nov. 5 election, check out the Election Information link off of the Buena Vista County web page at www.co.buena-vista.ia.us/.