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Six candidates seek Extension Council seats

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Voters will have the opportunity to elect four members of the Plymouth County Extension Council.

A slate of six candidates is listed on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election.

Extension council members make policy, programming and budget decisions for Plymouth County Extension and Outreach.

"The council members elected this year will be involved in bringing educational opportunities to Plymouth County for the next four years," Carol Schneider, county program coordinator, said in a press release.

Educational programming through Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Plymouth County is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Extension council members are elected at-large, and all registered voters in the county are eligible to vote for four candidates, the press release stated.

Candidates on this year's ballot seeking a four-year term and their reasons for running are:

* Alex Popken, of rural Orange City

As a resident of Plymouth County, Popken hopes to bring forward some of the challenges county residents face and would like to let the county know how Extension can help, the press release stated.

He would like to serve on the Extension council because he feels that it is important to be an active part of the community. Popken feels that his active background in agriculture will make him a valuable asset to the council, the press release also stated.

* Brad Harvey, of Akron

Harvey feels that he could offer many great ideas and concerns of the county that Extension could become a part of if re-elected to the Extension council, according to a press release.

Having a farming background he can also keep agriculture strong in Extension.

Harvey's goal would be to let everyone know that Extension is one of the best kept secrets of the county and to help get the word out about all of the programs Extension has to offer. ISU Extension builds partnerships and provides research-based learning opportunities, and he would like to be proactive with Extension programs when the county needs them the most, the press release stated. Harvey currently serves on the Extension council and is the chair of the council.

* Cindy Klemme of Akron

Klemme would like to bring new ideas and outlooks to the Extension program for Plymouth County. She has an interest and a background in the farming community. She is open-minded and ready to face what changes are necessary for the future of our youth, the press release stated.

Klemme has also served on the county 4-H & Youth Committee and on the sheep and poultry committees for the Plymouth County Fair. Her children were involved in 4-H & FFA. She enjoys working with youth to help fulfill their goals and planning for the future.

* Deb Baldwin, of Merrill

Baldwin is a lifelong resident of Plymouth County and has also served two terms on the council in the 1990s. She has a desire to give back to the community through volunteer opportunities.

If elected, Baldwin would help the council members and the Extension office offer researched-based learning opportunities to the county, the press release stated.

Through her work as a nurse for 38 years, she has worked with a variety of professionals, families and children. She is passionate about 4-H programs, as her children were fourth generation Plymouth County 4-H members.

* Pat Lehner, of Le Mars

Lehner has been a 4-H volunteer in Plymouth County for more than 30 years and is also an alumni of Plymouth County 4-H. She will soon complete her first four-year term on the Extension council and feels that she is just beginning to understand how everything fits together, according to the press release.

She would like to be re-elected to add more insight on the decisions made at the county level. Lehner would like to help Extension flourish by expanding the services that are offered here in the county. She serves as the treasurer of the Extension council.

* Yvette Bowen, of Le Mars

Bowen would like to bring her excitement for youth and programming to the council and Extension if elected. She has experience working with youth through church. Bowen would like to become more involved in the community and learn what Plymouth County has to offer.

As a parent of young children, Bowen has insight as to the needs of active young families in the community, the press release stated. She has one child who is already involved as a 4-H member in the county. She would like to offer her service to Extension to provide more opportunities for citizens of Plymouth County.

Council members whose terms expire this year are Harvey, Lehner, Dr. John Conley, of Le Mars and Sandy Schnepf, of Le Mars.

Successful candidates will take office in January 2013.

Carryover council members whose terms continue through the end of 2014 are Chad Banks, of Westfield, Glen Hayworth, of Kingsley, Jim Jauer, of Hinton, and Jill Utesch, of Remsen.

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