The Ottumwa Courier

September 6, 2013

Why do I fight so hard for local control?


Ottumwa Courier

---- — I have ridden my bicycle across Iowa now 23 times. I love riding into a small town and experiencing their unique history and pride. The diversiity in our communities is incredible — just look at Ottumwa, Fairfield, Bloomfield and Keosauqua. These communities are very different in personality from each other, and I do not want Washington, D.C., or Des Moines forcing these places to lose their individuality.

As a senator, I trust our local leaders to make the best decisions on policy issues and to spend taxpayer money wisely. While I am fighting to empower our local officials, I need the citizens to hold those officials accountable by recognizing them when they do a good job and confronting them when they fail.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 is your opportunity to elect school board members. Citizens about the age of 18 have the right to vote, but with this right comes a responsibility to learn about the candidates and only put the best people in office.

Thank you to all the candidates that have taken the time to run for office and have the courage to answer hard questions from the community about their positions.

Please join me in holding our local officials accountable by voting on Tuesday, and I look forward to you holding me accountable next year.

Senator Mark Chelgren

Ottumwa