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October 7, 2013

Four way race in Eldon

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If someone's property is in violation of code, she said, she'll usually try to talk to them first. If that doesn't work, the City of Eldon will take further steps. It's important to keep everybody's property values up, she said.

One of her priorities has been getting communities together.

"I’m involved in a lot of Wapello County groups," she said. "One of my big priorities when I first took office was to bridge the gap between Eldon and Ottumwa. We’ve bridged some of those gaps, so that Ottumwa is willing to work with us, and that’s from building a friendly relationship. I want to say to [officials], 'Let’s not just promote Ottumwa, let’s promote Wapello County.'"

Coulter wants to create a better future for the people of his hometown and his growing family.

"I’ve spent my entire life in Eldon, and I take great pride in calling the community home," he said. "Now, my wife and I are raising a family here. For that reason, it’s important to us that Eldon succeed."

Maybe the people of the town are ready for a change, he added.

"I feel my education, work experience and enthusiasm will help me serve our community and better our community," he said. "Of the things I’d like to accomplish, my top priority is to support our local businesses. I think we need to do a better job of supporting our businesses by bringing in visitors from outside by letting them know what we have here."

That's not just limited to the Gothic House, though that is a treasure, he said. But there are other treasures, like the 1800s Opera House and a museum dedicated to the railroad.

"Eldon has so many things to offer visitors that many small towns do not have," Coulter said.

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