The Ottumwa Courier

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October 7, 2013

Four way race in Eldon

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And they know him: He said if residents are worried about calling Eldon City Hall to complain, they'll call him instead.

"I’m not afraid to stand up to anybody," Bowen said. "Ordinances that we put in place ... are not being enforced by city government."

For example, there are parking restrictions along the boulevard. Someone left a car just sitting there, he said. A resident complained to Bowen that it detracts from the appearance of the town.

"It’s a city law for everybody, just like a stop sign," he said.

It's a matter of being fair, welcoming and realistic. When a medical waste plant was trying to locate a facility in Eldon, Bowen was part of the effort that helped drive them away.

"A business that hires 100, 110 people, we have no room," he said. "Small business are more than welcome. Eldon will never be a big community, I’d like to see downtown get built up a little more."

Anything else? "Just that I encourage people to get out to vote."

Asked why she's running, Stacey said, "Because I care about Eldon. I want to make it a better town to live in, and continue to see it grow."

Though they've been small steps, there have been signs of growth, she said.

"I’ve been able to get the [medical] clinic back open, and we’ve got an antique business opened on Main Street."

She said there is still more to do.

"Continue to see improvements with our sanitary sewer intakes, continue additions to the trails," Stacey said. "I just want to continue working towards making Eldon a better place to live."

And "work," she said, has been a key word for her.

"I haven’t been afraid to do anything I’ve asked anybody else to do. That includes making the town look better," she said.

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