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June 18, 2014

Extension Council filling vacant seats

OTTUMWA — The Wapello County extension council soon will begin the process to fill five seats on the council.

The elected council, like the hundreds of others across the country, is the grassroots governing body for the Cooperative Extension System. As part of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, the Wapello County council works in partnership with local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to carry the land-grant mission beyond the campus in Ames.

Candidates for the council will appear on the general election ballot in November.

“The elected council is instrumental in fulfilling the land-grant mission and bringing research-based educational opportunities to the county. We invite those interested in Wapello County’s extension and outreach programs to be involved in the nomination process or consider running for council,” says Sue Henderson, regional director.

The duties of a council member include hiring county staff, managing the county extension budget and helping select programming. One hundred ISU Extension and Outreach field offices provide local access to extension programs in all 99 counties.

“We are part of the ongoing life of Iowa’s communities and are positioned to anticipate trends, build relationships and catalyze opportunities,” says Henderson.

The nomination process begins with the appointment of a four-member nominating committee. By law, the current council appoints two men and two women to the committee, and it cannot include any current members of the council. The committee must be appointed by Aug. 6.

The committee is charged with nominating candidates for the council, and geographic distribution of the nominees is one factor that they consider. After nominees have been selected, each nominee must turn in to the county elections commissioner a petition signed by at least 25 qualified voters by closing time on Aug. 27. Individuals also may be placed on the ballot through a self-nomination process by turning in a petition signed by 25 qualified voters.

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