Jason Roudabush, incumbent, Jeff Tindle, and Paul Pohlson, are seeking to fill two seats on the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors in the Nov. 8 election.
The Poweshiek County CR interviewed each candidate. Following are their responses:
Why are you running or seeking re-election to the Poweshiek County Board of Supervisors?
Roudabush: I am seeking re-election because I like helping people. I was born and raised in Poweshiek County and I take great pride in this county and I want to be able to continue working hard for this county.
Tindle: My years of experience as a county resident, small business operator and taxpayer give me a unique perspective on how to manage the county.
Pohlson: I chose to run for the Poweshiek County Supervisors because I believe in giving my time and talents to keep the county moving forward. We have had great people who are doing a great job. I just want to add what I can to keep the county moving forward in a positive direction.
In your opinion, what are the top two or three priorities in Poweshiek County?
Pohlson: I think we need to continue to keep the confinements (CAFOs) out of the county. I think we need to continue to offer medical ambulance services to all parts of the county.
Roudabush: Keeping the budget balanced. Maintaining and taking care of the roads and protecting our quality of life.
Tindle: I think we need to improve the roads and I think we need to attract citizens and businesses to the county.
If elected, how best and in what way would you tackle these priorities?
Tindle: Due to inflation, the cost to operate the county has increased greatly. From a budget perspective, it is going to be challenging.
Pohlson: I would keep my attention to the above mentioned issues.
Roudabush: We have been able to balance the budget the last four years and lower the county tax levees. I plan to keep doing that. On the roads, make sure problems are addressed in a timely manner and use money efficiently to maintain the roads. Quality of life, keep working on mental health services, finish a countywide radio system for the fire, ambulances and sheriff to keep everyone safe in emergencies. We just finished installing the early warning system across the county in the event of a storm.
What are your strong points and how can you use them to better serve county residents?
Roudabush: I am a small business owner who works with the public every day and listens to them. I work hard at everything I do.
Tindle: I am good at studying problems and finding solutions.
Pohlson: I bring 30 years of experience working with the county’s insurance program. Because of that, I think I know the county very well and will continue to listen to our residents.
If elected, what does the position of supervisor mean to you?
Pohlson: I would be honored to serve the people of Poweshiek County and will make sure living in Poweshiek County continues to be a good place to live and raise a family and run your businesses.
Roudabush: Supervisors are the stewards of the county and represent the county on many boards. I have had the honor to have the opportunity to do that.
Tindle: I would be the representative of the taxpayers of the county who elected me and I consider that an honor.
What are Poweshiek County’s strong points?
Tindle: Centrally located. We have the benefit of having the railroad and Interstate going through our county. That puts us in a strong position to attract businesses. I think that our county has been fiscally responsible in the past.
Pohlson: The quality of life is very good here. We have great schools that need more funding. We are fortunate to have a hospital in our county. We do need more mental health services in the county.
Roudabush: Great county employees and strong businesses and companies in the county. We are centrally located with the interstate running through the county and hard-working people who live here.
What can be done to bring new businesses to our county?
Roudabush: We need to keep moving forward, updating internet with fiber optics and working with cities, towns and companies on opportunities to help them grow.
Tindle: We need to work to sell the county to businesses looking to expand or re-locate here.
Pohlson: To bring more people into our county, we need good schools, access to healthcare and continue having a safe living environment and a strong law enforcement presence. We have to support our law enforcement.
Pohlson: I have worked in the insurance and investment business for 40 years. My wife and I have been married 50 years and reside in Grinnell. We have a son and daughter.
Tindle: I am a life-long Montezuma farmer who now owns and farms the family century farm. I have been married for 21 years and have three boys.
Roudabush: I am a life-long Brooklyn resident and owner of Roudabush Electronics and Appliances, Twin Oaks Apartments and the Brooklyn Laundromat, all Brooklyn. I have been married 27 years and have four children.
Jason Roudabush, Brooklyn - Incumbent
Jeff Tindle, Montezuma
Paul Pohlson, Grinnell