Lanphere takes nothing for granted
Fourth in a Series
Even though Bill Lanphere is running uncontested for the District 1 Supervisor seat, this first-time candidate isn't assuming an automatic victory.
"I've been giving out pamphlets and running ads to explain some of my concerns and to demonstrate my interest in this job," Lanphere said.
Lanphere beat incumbent Doug Bruns in the Republican Primary last June.
Lanphere felt the time was right for him to run for the board, and he didn't want to wait another four years.
"I think I have something to contribute. I have some real concerns about the future of both Buena Vista County and Northwest Iowa," the Storm Lake resident said.
Lanphere has lived in the area for over 30 years, and is well known as the former director of the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce. He has also farmed and has raised cattle.
Some of the organizations he's been involved with include the Red Cross, the former Big Brothers and Sisters program, and he has served on the committees that established the Dollars for Scholars program and the Field of Dreams sports complex.
Running for supervisor, Lanphere has been talking about some issues he feels the county needs to be prepared for. One of the most immediate are financial concerns, especially with state budget cuts over the past year.
"I think the allocation of limited funds is very important for the next few years," he said. "The state legislature keeps bumping stuff to the county."
There are some areas of the budget that need to be examined, Lanphere said, such as juvenile detention costs. Four months into the budget year, the county has already overspent its detention budget, he said.
"I don't have any answers, but I'm willing to work on it," he said.
County consolidation is another concern Lanphere has. It has been brought up a few times in the governor's race, and if that movement gathers steam, he doesn't want to see the county with its "head in the sand."
"I think we need to be ready to preserve services we can justify," he said.
"I'm not pushing for (county consolidation), but we can't ignore it," he said.
He has been involved in a variety of areas, particularly economic development. He feels Highway 20 is "vital" to this area's economic future.
Also, Lanphere doesn't want agriculture to be forgotten.
"I'm very sympathetic to the problems of agriculture. We have to be cognizant of the fact that Iowa is rural and Iowa is agriculture based," he said.