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29 Sep
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RECORDER NOW HAS ALL RECORDED DOCUMENTS DATING BACK TO 1850 AVAILABLE ONLINE

Adel, Iowa – Since taking office in 2011, County Recorder Chad Airhart
has been on a mission to make Dallas County more efficient, not only
for the functions of government, but also for his constituents.
Recently, Airhart and his staff completed a major project making the
Dallas County Recorder’s office more efficient.

With the completion of this project, searching records in Dallas
County just got a whole lot easier. In the past to search for recorded
documents, you had to drive to Adel and come into the Recorder’s
Office. This could be a laborious effort searching through old heavy
record books. Today, with Cott Systems, the Recorder’s software
system, the public can access millions of recorded public records 24/7
from anywhere with an internet connection.
This has been a multi-year project, that now has indexed and imaged
records back to the late 1960s, and historic records imaged on a
historical records webpage back to Dallas County’s first recorded
record book in 1850. All of these records can be searched, viewed, and
printed from anywhere.
Recorder Airhart said “Every day the Recorder’s staff is faced with
challenges to satisfy the requests of the public. With the completion
of this project, we can provide better and more efficient service,
saving us and the customer time and money.” The Recorder’s Office
processes more than 25,000 documents a year. Additionally the Dallas
County Recorder issues thousands of vital records, registers vehicles
not designed for the road (snowmobile, boats & ATVs) for the Iowa
Department of Natural Resources and serves as a passport acceptance
facility for the U.S. State Department. “We have advanced the office
technologically with the addition of software from Cott Systems, and
this has helped us to improve our processes to do more with the same
amount of staff, efficiently accommodating the needs of one of the
fastest growing counties in America.”
While the public sees greater access to records there are also other
benefits of this projects completion. The county now has a complete
digital library of all of its records, so in the event of a disaster
where physical records might be lost; there will be a continuity of
government in the Recorder’s office, uninterrupted due to record loss.
Additionally, because the physical record books will no longer be
needed in the Recorder’s physical space, they can be moved to offsite
storage, saving much needed valuable space within the courthouse where
the Recorder’s office is located.
Airhart will host an open house at the Dallas County Recorder’s Office
on Tuesday, October 17th from 1:30-3:30. At this open house Cott
Systems staff will demonstrate the functionality of the public search
website and train those in attendance on how the search page works. To
RSVP, please contact the Dallas County Recorder’s office at
515-993-5804.
All of this has been accomplished while the Recorder’s Office ran a
fund balance of $418,000 in FY2017. This essentially means that the
Recorder’s Office brought in $418,000 more in fees for services than
they spent on staff, interdepartmental support staff and all other
expenses. The fund balance reverts to the general fund, and supports
the entire county lessening the burden on the taxpayer.
The Dallas County Recorder’s website can be found at
http://www.dallasrecorder.com.
The Recorder’s indexed records can be searched at
http://cotthosting.com/IADallasExternal.
The historic records/online index book portal can be viewed at
http://cotthosting.com/IADallasExternal/HTML5Viewer/ImageViewer.aspx?OIB=true.

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30 Aug
0

Dallas County School Board Election 2017 Information

Dallas County School Election September 12, 2017

 

Candidate Listing By Office

 

District: Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)

 

Office: Director, District # 3 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for ADM, Waukee & WCV School Districts.

1 Candidate Filed:

Jim Knott, 1503 Birch Ave., Carroll, 712-792-4513, jeknott70@outlook.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors member
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

 

Office: Director, District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for Van Meter School District.

2 Candidates Filed:

Kevin Halterman, 1109 Ann Pkwy., Indianola, (515) 240-5743, kevinh@mybankpsb.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors Vice-Chair

Brent Hinders, 1029 Rolling Hills Ct., Norwalk, (515) 697-4232, bhinders@hhlawpc.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Office: Director District #9 (Vote for no more than 1)

Note: This office will only appear on the ballot for West Des Moines School District.

1 Candidate Filed:

Frederick V. Buie, 4848 Oakwood Lane, West Des Moines, (515) 226-9468, Fred.Buie@dmacc.edu
Age: 60
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience: Current DMACC Board of Directors member
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

 

 

 

District: Adel-DeSoto-Minburn (ADM)

Office: ADM School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 2)

2 Candidates Filed:

Kelli Book, 923 S. 10th St., Adel, (515) 306-2338, brabecbook@yahoo.com
Age: 45
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience: Current ADM school board Vice-President.
Remarks: ADM has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, ADM will likely retain their current school board.

Rod Collins, 31593 Puckerbrush Rd., Adel, (515) 993-3631, acoll45301@aol.com
Age: 49
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current ADM school board member.
Remarks: ADM has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, ADM will likely retain their current school board.

 

 

 

District: Perry

Office: Perry School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 2)

2 Candidates Filed:

Casey Baldwin, 353 332nd Pl., Perry, (515) 231-9141, isuholder@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Perry school board member
Remarks: Perry has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, Perry will likely retain their current school board.

Kyle Baxter, 1724 Paul St., Perry, (515) 505-0755, kyle@accujetiowa.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience: Current Perry school board President
Remarks: Perry has two incumbent school board members seeking re-election. With no competition
for these seats, Perry will likely retain their current school board.

 

 

 

District: Van Meter

Office: Van Meter School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 3)

5 Candidates Filed:

Jake Cole, 204 Arlington Ave, Van Meter, (515) 321-7683, jakecole1975@gmail.com
Age: 42
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: 1994 graduate of Earlham High School. Employed by Dallas
Construction Corporation for the past 18 years, as well as recently
becoming the co-owner/operator of C & H Stump Grinding. In 2009,
moved from Earlham to Van Meter. President & Coach of the Youth
Wrestling Club for the past 10 years, involved with the Van Meter Youth
Football Program for 8 years, & served as Treasurer of the Central Iowa
Youth Football League for the past 3 years. If elected, one goal would be
to ensure that the school & the community work together to provide
the best education for all students. It is very important that taxpayers
have a voice. It is also important that Van Meter continues to have a
strong academic standard, making sure our students not only graduate,
but are well prepared for further education.

Jessica Drake, 309 Hazel St., Van Meter, (515) 478-5047, jessdrake83@gmail.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in Van Meter since 1993. Graduated from Van Meter
High School in 2001 & participated in band, choir, Honor Roll &
National Honor Society during her years at Van Meter. Assists with
youth sports including baseball, football & wrestling. Currently the
Advancement Chair for the Boy Scout Troop. Served as a member of
the Van Meter Elementary Parents Committee, Van Meter Athletic
Booster Club & SIAC. Worked several years at Skogerson Law, PC in
Van Meter serving as both the office manager & legal assistant.
Moved into a Project Manager role at Stine Seed Company &
currently at Farm Bureau. She has been fortunate enough to work for
organizations that value their ties to their local communities as well
as Iowa.

John Gilliland, 28891 Hickory Ridge Dr., Van Meter, (515) 975-2426, johngilliland@q.com
Age: 51
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Former Iowa Deputy Secretary of State (1995-1998)
Remarks: Grew up in Knoxville, Iowa. Graduated from Cornell College
where he was a member of the Dean’s List & the football team.
Earned law degree from Creighton University. Served as Iowa’s
Deputy Secretary of State for 4 years. Now works at Morgan Stanley,
helping families, nonprofits, & small businesses plan for the future.
Serves on the Board for Van Meter Education Foundation where he
helped raise money for scholarships for Van Meter graduates as well
as extra equipment, technology, & curriculum for our science, math &
Spanish classes. Helped start the Blue & White youth football camp
four years ago which has raised thousands of dollars in sponsorships
to purchase new uniforms & equipment for our youth football teams.
Running for school board because his experience as an attorney & in
financial management makes him uniquely qualified to serve & help
the district make sound fiscal & policy decisions for our school.
Promises to always put the district’s kids first, support our teachers &
protect taxpayers.

Sharlotte Peterson, 104 Arlington Ave., Van Meter, (515) 996-2179, speterson@pork.org
Age: 43
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Resident of Van Meter for 17 years. Spent last 17 years with
the National Pork Board as Outreach Projects Manager, working for &
representing 60,000 pork producers.
Served as President & Treasurer on the Van Meter Pre-Kindergarten
Board for multiple years, Van Meter Little League & Youth Basketball
Boards. Coached youth soccer.
Currently involved with Van Meter Elementary Parents Committee &
Pack 120 Cub Scout Committee, where she served as Treasurer for
both for many years. Also a member of Van Meter Athletic Boosters. If
elected, will add an objective & reasonable voice to any issues the
school board may face in the next four years. Believes her experience
in leadership & business will be a valuable asset as a school board
member.

Mark Smith, 36835 Forest Ln., Van Meter, IA, (515) 330-9588, mark.smith@vmbulldogs.com
Age: 48
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Van Meter school board vice-president
Remarks: Air Force veteran originally from a farming family in eastern
Iowa. Currently work in management for Foth Engineering. Currently
serving on school board & seeking re-election for a second term.
Believes district is positioned extremely well to continue to provide the
best education for our children for many years to come. Future success
requires us to make thoughtful decisions so our district continues to be
fiscally strong. Additionally, must also be mindful of our strength as a
relatively small district & understand how our student population
growth must be planned & managed. Must continue to provide an
excellent learning environment with great facilities which will attract
the best teacher-leaders that can personalize our kids learning giving
them the skills & experience they need for their adult life.

 

 

 

District: Waukee

Office: Waukee School Board Member At-Large (Vote for no more than 4)

13 Candidates Filed:

 

Ingrid Williams, 1330 S 93rd St., West Des Moines, (515) 371-5277, ingridwilliams@me.com
Age: 51
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Since 2009, worked as successful realtor, focusing on families
within Waukee & surrounding communities. Worked for school district as
health associate in numerous buildings for over 5-years. During my time
as district employee, saw a great need & so in 2016, spearheaded effort
to launch Waukee Community Closet, a non-profit organization that gives
away free clothing in Dallas County to children & families in need. That
organization has flourished & helped thousands of people & hundreds of
families in our area. Believes strong community starts with strong families
& strong school system. School is truly the heart of the community.

David Cunningham, 14622 Hawthorn Dr., Clive, (515) 669-4146, dcunningham14622@yahoo.com
Age: 60
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board Vice-President.
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee school district for 25 years. Certified
Financial Planner with HJN Advisors with over 20 years professional
experience in financial services field. Former teacher & has served on
various boards including Band Booster President, Celebration in Brass,
Original Iowa Executive Board of Certified Financial Planners. He
volunteers at Hope Ministries. On 02/28/2016, earned a thistle from DSM
Register for agreeing that Waukee high school students should be asked
to recite Pledge of Allegiance at least once a week.

Wendy Liskey, 7557 Dakota Cir., West Des Moines, (515) 201-8486, wendy.liskey.1@gmail.com
Age: 46
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board member.
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee School District for 15 years. Involved
with Waukee schools since 2006; served on Boundary Committee
(2012-13), Secondary Study Committee (2013), Brookview PTO as
Vice-President & Staff Appreciation Chair (2013), & District PTO
Secretary. Works part-time as Missions Assistant at Lutheran Church
of Hope.

Mary Thomas Scheve, 14771 Wildwood Dr., Clive, (515) 229-0869, scheveisu@yahoo.com
Age: 56
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board President
Remarks: Obtained MBA & CPA. Chief Financial Officer at August
Home Publishing Company for 17 years. Third generation Waukee
High School graduate & third generation school board member.
Served on Waukee Foundation Auction/Dinner as co-chair (3-years),
Waukee Foundation Board, School Improvement groups, &
committee roles at St. Boniface Catholic Church, Greater Des Moines
Cyclone Club, Waukee Ragbrai subcommittee & ISU Alumni Audit.
Provides continuity in using her skills to give every Waukee student a
robust individualized education from innovative teachers & staff in a
socially responsible & financially efficient manner.

Dan Ahrens, 95 Windfield Pkwy, Waukee, (515) 508-1518, danahrens4waukee@gmail.com
Age: 50
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Waukee resident for the past 22 years. Earned a degree in Management
Information Systems from Buena Vista University. Employed by
Compressor Controls Corporation as a Manager of Embedded Systems &
Senior Software Design Engineer for the past 24 years. Decision to run for
the Waukee School Board is based on my passion for excellence in
education.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Christopher Disbro, 2524 NW 161st St., Clive, (515) 988-1620, cdisbro@gmail.com
Age: 33
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in Waukee area for most of his life & attended Waukee
Elementary School. Graduate of University of Notre Dame, physician, &
small business owner working mostly with special needs children. Returned
to Waukee specifically for the schools. Rapidly changing world requires
focusing our children’s education on the skills they will need in the future
including primary source research, foreign languages & programming.

Jeanne Fung, 14817 Dellwood Dr., Urbandale, (515) 229-0629, jmfung5@gmail.com
Age: 49
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Lived in the Waukee School District since 2005. Grew up in
O’Neill, Nebraska, & attended Creighton University, receiving a BSOT in
1991. Currently works in skilled rehab unit at Edgewater in West Des
Moines. Previously worked as traveling therapist in facilities around the
Waukee area. Believes that the district is entering a challenging period
with both growth & budget issues. To ensure continued success, it is
essential that there be open collaboration from the students to the
administration. Confident that she would be able to represent the
students, parents & teachers through this board position by giving them
a voice in the administrative & educational decisions.

Tyler Higgs, 2063 NW 146th St, Clive, 309-573-8063, Higgs4waukeeSD@gmail.com
Age: 31
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Currently an AEA school psychologist who has dedicated his
life to child development, education & behavior. Cares passionately
about special education, kids who are talented & gifted, improving
mental health supports, & making sure every child succeeds to the
best of their ability. Know the challenges facing Iowa’s children
because he works to solve them every day. Wants to advocate for
policies that improve our system of academic & behavioral supports so
that every child feels safe, supported, & ready to learn at school.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Kimberly Hupp, 1805 SE Florence Dr., Waukee, (515) 306-5028, kimberlyjhupp@gmail.com
Age: 39
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:Performs PR/Communications work for the Iowa State Education Association
Remarks: Grew up in Des Moines area. Graduated from Urbandale Senior
High School & University of Northern Iowa, Art & Marketing. Performs
PR/Communications work for the Iowa State Education Association &
works part-time at Gusto Pizza Company. Running for school board to be
a voice for Waukee parents who believe that quality public education is
the foundation of a strong community. Served on Waukee District Parent
Calendar Committee (2011-12) & have been involved in Waukee Band
Parent Organization, Waukee Vocal Music Boosters, Waukee Athletic
Boosters, Brookview PTO, as well as volunteering & chaperoning at many
class parties & school events.

Katie Johnson, 90 Abigail Ln., Waukee, (515) 669-3866, pipharp91@aol.com
Age: 35
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Grew up in West Des Moines area & graduated from Valley High
School. Earned bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Mass Communication &
Public Relations from Drake University. Worked at DuPont Pioneer for last
13 years in sales operations department. Appreciates teachers who work in
Waukee Community School District; wants to advocate on their behalf,
modeling the respect they deserve for the challenging job they do.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union

Lori Lyon, 606 SE Boone Dr., Waukee, (515) 724-2637, lorilyon4waukee@gmail.com
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Made Waukee community home for the past 21 years. Has
been an educator for over 25 years, with BA from University of Northern
Iowa, MA from Viterbo University, & Certificate in Reading Recovery
Teacher Training from University of Northern Iowa. Dedicated most of
her professional career to education & believes in working together to
meet diverse social, emotional & programming needs of our students.
Believes school board must advocate to ensure that cuts in state funding
don’t negatively affect those needs, while remaining fiscally responsible
to taxpayers for a world-class education.
Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Lara Plaisance, 1540 SE Bristol Dr., Waukee, (515) 339-5145, laraqueen80@gmail.com
Age: 38
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat (D)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Grew up in Storm Lake. Graduated from Storm Lake High
School (1998). Obtained BA in English, Journalism & Mass
Communication from University of Iowa (2002) & JD from University of
Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (2008). Partner at Des Moines law
firm, Hopkins & Huebner, PC.Issues at the forefront include maximizing limited
financial resources while maintaining educational excellence; caring for
& improving academic, physical & emotional health of our students;
working within framework & implementation of Every Student Succeeds
Act; managing & embracing continued exponential growth of our
district; & addressing needs of diverse populations within our district.

Evan Van Wyk, 135 SE Kellerman LN., Waukee, (515) 444-3851, evanvanwyk@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: No Party (NP)
Political Experience:
Remarks: Information about this candidate was not available at the time of this posting.

Office: Waukee School Board Member to Fill Vacancy (Vote for no more than 1)

1 Candidate Filed:

Jerry Ripperger, 9124 Canyon St., West Des Moines, (515) 401-7514, panther1987@msn.com
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience: Current Waukee school board member.
Remarks: Worked for Principal Financial Group for over 24-years;
currently serves as Vice President of Consulting focusing on Employee
Stock Ownership Plans. Served on school boundary committees.
Served on school board for past 12-years. During that time, district has
had to manage unprecedented growth while facing state funding
limitations; yet managed to increase programming & opportunities for
students.

 

 

 

District: West Central Valley (WCV)

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 3 (Vote for no more than 1)

3 Candidates Filed:

Mike Dickson, 3065 340th St., Stuart, (515) 689-9088, mdickson7970@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Michael Egger, 3255 340th St., Stuart, (515) 202-2899, mike.egger.wcv@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Nyle Godwin, 3360 280th Rd., Redfield, (515) 833-2948, ngodwin116@aol.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Jill Gerling, 3513 330th Trl., Dexter, (515) 789-4076, jillgerling@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Christine Stiles, 618 State St., Dexter, (515) 729-4421 christinestileshome@yahoo.com
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 6 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Mick Askren, 907 N. Main St., Stuart, (515) 491-6574, askrenmike@centurylink.net
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

Jenyse K Belden, 306 N Adair St., Stuart, (515) 523-4042, bjbjkb97@aol.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Office: WCV School Board Director District # 7 (Vote for no more than 1)

2 Candidates Filed:

Neal Crawford, 623 SW 3rd St., Stuart, (515) 523-1402, ncrawford22@msn.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience: Current WCV school board member
Remarks:

Laura Weber, 303 N. Adair St., Stuart, (515) 720-3141, weber.lauraa@gmail.com
Age:
Political Party Affiliation:
Political Experience:
Remarks:

 

 

 

District: West Des Moines Community School District

Office: Director At Large (Vote for no more than 3)

4 Candidates Filed:

Elizabeth Brennan, 804 38th St., West Des Moines, (515) 222-6920
Age: 52
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Kelly Davydov, 4812 Stonebridge Circle, West Des Moines, (515) 974-7285
Age: 37
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Vicky Poole, 12844 Clark St., Clive, (641) 590-0293
Age: 71
Political Party Affiliation: Republican
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Jennifer Wells
Age: 39
Political Party Affiliation: Democrat
Political Experience:
Remarks: Recommended by the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) Teachers Union.

Public Measure Letter A: Shall the following public measure be adopted? (Yes or No)

Shall the Board of Directors of the West Des Moines Community School District, in the Counties of Polk &
Dallas, State of Iowa, for the purpose of purchasing & improving grounds; constructing schoolhouses or
buildings & opening roads to schoolhouses or buildings; purchasing of buildings; purchase, lease or leasepurchase
of technology & equipment; paying debts contracted for the erection or construction of
schoolhouses or buildings, not including interest on bonds; procuring or acquisition of libraries; repairing,
remodeling, reconstructing, improving, or expanding the schoolhouses or buildings & additions to existing
schoolhouses; expenditures for energy conservation; renting facilities under Chapter 28E; purchasing
transportation equipment for transporting students; lease purchase option agreements for school buildings
or equipment; purchasing equipment authorized by law; or for any purpose or purposes now or hereafter
authorized by law, be authorized for a period of ten (10) years, to levy annually, a voter-approved physical
plant & equipment property tax not to exceed One Dollar Thirty-Four Cents ($1.34) per One Thousand
Dollars ($1,000) of the assessed valuation of the taxable property within the school district commencing
with the levy for collection in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, or each year thereafter?

 

 

 

District: Woodward-Granger (WW-GR)

Office: WW-GR School Board Director District # 2 (Vote for no more than 1)

No Candidate filed

Office: WW-GR School Board Director District # 4 (Vote for no more than 1)

1 Candidate Filed:

Ashley Brandt, 2437 Birch St., Granger, IA, (515) 974-7327, Ashley.brandt@hotmail.com
Age: 34
Political Party Affiliation: Republican (R)
Political Experience:

27 Mar
0

Dallas County: fifth-fastest-growing county in America

Local GOP leaders encourage civic engagement

ADEL, Iowa—Republican Party of Dallas County leaders encourage residents to engage with political and policy issues in their communities as new data reinforces that pro-growth GOP policies have contributed to the county’s rapid rise in population.

The Associated Press reported that Dallas County is the fifth-fastest-growing county in the nation, citing the U.S. Census bureau’s latest figures. The federal government released a report last week showing that from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, Dallas County’s population grew by 4.6 percent. The county population increased by more than 27 percent since 2010.

“Companies, families and workers are moving to Dallas County in droves in no small part because of the leadership of our county officials, state legislators and business leaders. They understand that a low tax rate, sound budgeting and efficient public services attract people to live, work and play in our communities,” said Dallas County GOP chair John Strathman. “We encourage everyone to get involved in their local communities and within the Dallas County GOP. Your voice and opinion matters and helps shape the future of this great Iowa county.”

Republicans hold seven of eight elected county offices—Supervisors Mark Hanson, Brad Golightly and Kim Chapman; Auditor Julia Helm, Recorder Chad Airhart, Sheriff Chad Leonard and Treasurer Mitch Hambleton. Republican Sens. Charles Schneider and Jake Chapman represent Dallas County residents in the state senate while Reps. Rob Taylor, Ralph Watts and Clel Baudler serve in the state house.

Records released in early March from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office show that Dallas County has 19,847 registered, active Republicans (37 percent of voters), 12,773 Democrats (24 percent) and 20,591 no party voters (38 percent).

As census data shows, Dallas County’s population increased more than 27 percent since 2010. During that time, GOP registered voters increased 46 percent while the overall increase in voters was 29 percent. In contrast, registered Democrats grew just 15 percent in the past seven years.

“We encourage those who care about Dallas County’s future—especially new residents—to engage with the Dallas County GOP at events, meetings and forums with elected officials,” said Patti Brown, the Dallas County GOP co-chair. “We are blessed to have great community leaders, fantastic schools, quality places to worship, wonderful recreational facilities, parks, and trails—which wouldn’t exist without civic-minded citizens and thoughtful public servants.”

The next election is a May 2 county-wide special election on a proposed law enforcement center. More information can be found at the County Auditor’s website and via a group supporting the measure at http://dallascountyvote.com. There’s no organized group opposing the referendum.

For more information and a calendar of events, please visit the Dallas County GOP’s website at http://dallascountygop.org.

About the Republican Party of Dallas County
Earlier this year the Dallas County GOP Central Committee elected John Strathman as chair, Patti Brown as co-chair, Phil Patterson as treasurer and Claire Mellick as secretary.

The Dallas County Republican Party stands for and represents a small, efficient government that is based on fiscally sound principals and is mindful of taxpayers’ money; quality public, private, and home school education that prepares our children to be tomorrow’s leaders; a business-friendly environment that encourages business development and growth; the entrepreneurial spirit that helps create jobs and opportunities for our citizens; and Iowa values that support strong communities and families.

27 Oct
0

Dallas County GOP: confirm polling places for Nov. 3 city elections

ADEL, Iowa — The Dallas County Republican Party encourages residents and voters to confirm their voting locations before Election Day—Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polling hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters may request absentee ballots until Fri., Oct. 30 at 5 p.m. They must be postmarked by Mon., Nov. 2. Voters may register to vote on Election Day with valid ID, and those who appear at an incorrect polling location will be instructed by precinct election officials as to which polling location they will need to go and vote.

Verification of your correct polling location can be obtained via the Iowa Secretary of State’s website: Look for the “City Elections” results after entering your address.

You may also contact the Dallas County Auditor’s Office at (515) 993-6914.

Below is a list of Dallas County voting precincts for the city election:

 City     Precinct(s)  Polling Place
 Adel  Adel  Adel Libary
 303 S. 10th St., Adel
 Bouton  Bouton  Bouton Community Center
 101 E. 1st St., Bouton
 Dallas Center  Dallas Center  First Presbyterian Church
 1204 13th St., Dallas Center
 Dawson  Dawson  Dawson Community Building
 208 S. 1st St., Dawson
 DeSoto  DeSoto  DeSoto United Methodist
 421 Dalas St., DeSoto
 Dexter  Dexter  Zion Lutheran Church
 209 Marshall St., Dexter
 Granger  Granger  Emmanuel United Methodist
 1910 Locust St., Granger
 Linden  Linden  Linden Lions Club
 104 S. Polk St., Linden
 Minburn  Minburn  United Methodist Church
 705 Chestnut St., Minburn
 Perry  Perry, Wards 1, 2 and 3  McCreary Community Building
 1800 Pattee St., Perry
 Redfield  Redfield  Redfield American Legion
 1116 Thomas St., Redfield
 Van Meter  Van Meter  Van Meter American Legion
 910 Main St., Van Meter
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 1  Immanuel Lutheran Church
 900 Warrior Ln., Waukee
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 2  Waukee Christian Church
 29043 T Ave., Waukee
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 3  Waukee Community Center
 675 Walnut St., Waukee
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 4  Westview Church
 1155 SE Boone Dr., Waukee
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 5  St. Boniface Church
 1200 Warrior Ln., Waukee
 Waukee  Waukee, Precinct 6  Waukee School Admin. Building
 560 SE University Ave., Waukee
 Woodward  Woodward  United Methodist Church
 108 W. 5th St., Woodward

Note: Residents of the unincorporated (rural) area of the county are not eligible to vote in city elections and regular election precincts that contain both unincorporated and incorporated territory are divided to include only the incorporated territory within the precinct. Also, some regular election precincts are consolidated for city elections. Clive, Grimes, Urbandale, and West Des Moines residents should contact the Polk County Elections Office at (515) 286-3250.

Google Map of precinct locations:

More information about the Dallas County city elections, including voting eligibility, candidate information, what will appear on the ballot and an election calendar are available via the Dallas County Auditor’s Office.

17 Oct
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Dallas County GOP announces Gov. Bobby Jindal as Fall Speaker Series keynote

WAUKEE, Iowa—Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as our keynote speaker for the upcoming Dallas County Fall Speaker Series on Fri., Oct. 23.

The event will be held at the Waukee Community Center at 675 Walnut Street in Waukee. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., and Gov. Jindal will address the crowd at 6:00 p.m.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Governor Jindal to Dallas County. We look forward to Governor Jindal sharing his vision for the future of the country with us,” said Dallas County GOP Chair Tyler De Haan.

Tickets to the event are $20 dollars. They can be purchased by registering at http://dallascountygop.eventbrite.com or by emailing info@dallascountygop.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $25 dollars the night of the event. Credentialed media may RSVP on Eventbrite.

The event will include refreshments and light snacks.

“We look forward to hosting Governor Jindal and continuing to share how limited government policies benefit Central Iowa families,” said Dallas County GOP Co-Chair John Strathman.

Dallas County Republicans plan to hold future events in the Fall Speaker Series later this year. The party hosted Sen. Marco Rubio at its Annual Steak Fry Dinner and Pie Auction in August. The Dallas County GOP also hosted a Spring Speakers Series earlier this year featuring Gov. Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. Rick Perry.

01 Oct
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Dallas County GOP to participate in Iowa Youth Caucus

ADEL, Iowa—The Iowa Secretary of State’s Office, in conjunction with the Iowa Democratic Party and the Republican Party of Iowa, are organizing a statewide Iowa Youth Caucus.

The local event, organized by the Dallas County GOP in conjunction with the Dallas County Democrats, is scheduled for Thursday, November 19 at ADM High School, 801 Nile Kinnick Drive South, Adel, IA. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Iowa Youth Caucus is to inform and engage students in the political process. Due to Iowa’s First-in-the-Nation status, we have a unique opportunity to play a major role in deciding the next President of the United States.

We hope that by conducting a caucus with students, they will understand how it works and the experience will move them to get involved in the actual Iowa Caucus when they reach eligible voting age.

The Iowa Youth Caucus is a purely bipartisan event. Students will participate in both a Republican and Democratic Caucus and cast votes for the presidential candidate of their choice in both parties. The results will be tallied at the site. Statewide vote totals will be reported that night by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate.

The Iowa Youth Caucus began as the Polk County High School Mock Caucus in 2013; a bi-
partisan event put on by the Polk County Democrats and the Republican Party of Polk County.

This year, in addition to expanding the Mock Caucus outside of Polk County, the parties have partnered this event with the Caucus 101 program implemented by the Secretary of State’s Office. Caucus 101 is a non-partisan, voluntary curriculum written by Iowa teachers for Iowa teachers to educate students about the Iowa Caucus. The curriculum is available online for anyone to use, at www.caucus101.com.

For more information on the statewide event contact:

Jeff Tomkowitz
Projects Coordinator
Office of Iowa Secretary of State
515-725-0427
Jeff.Tomkowitz@sos.iowa.gov

26 Jul
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Sen. Marco Rubio Annouced as Keynote Speaker for Annual Steak Fry Event

VAN METER, Iowa—Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce the upcoming Annual Steak Fry Dinner and Pie Auction that will be held at Van Meter Legion Hall in Van Meter, Iowa, on Tuesday, August 18th.

Doors will open at 5:00 pm with dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. Van Meter Legion Hall is located at 910 Main Street in Van Meter. The Annual Steak Fry Dinner will feature Senator Marco Rubio as the headline speaker. Several state and county officials will also be in attendance. “It is great to be able to have Senator Marco Rubio speak at the Annual Dallas County Steak Fry. As the fastest growing county in Iowa, it is important that we have a strong outreach to young families and Hispanics in 2016,” said Dallas County GOP Chairman Tyler De Haan.

Tickets to the event will be $35 dollars per person for the banquet which can be purchased by registering on www.eventbrite.com or by emailing info@dallascountygop.org. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $40 dollars the night of the event.

The event will include a catered dinner and a chance to meet and greet Senator Marco Rubio. After the dinner and keynote address has concluded there will be a pie auction, the proceeds of which will help Dallas County Republicans support both local and statewide Republican candidates in 2016 elections and beyond.

“It is important with a lot of young families moving into Dallas County each year, that the Dallas County Republicans are able to effectively communicate our message that pro-economic growth and limited government policies help create the quality of life that the residents of Dallas County enjoy today,” said Dallas County GOP Co-Chair John Strathman.

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(image credit: MarcoRubio.com)

02 Jul
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Dallas County GOP plays Iowa Reapers for charity

WAUKEE, Iowa— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce that they will play the Iowa Reapers in a charity Beep Ball match on Sunday, July 12 at noon at the Waukee practice football fields. The Iowa Reapers are Iowa’s only Beep Ball team and the match will raise money for the Iowa Reapers. The event is free, but free will donations are suggested.

“This is an annual event between the Dallas County GOP and the Iowa Reapers,” said Dallas County Chair Tyler De Haan. “It is a lot of fun for the participants and spectators and the event is for a great cause.”

Beep Ball is a version of baseball designed for the blind. The Iowa Reapers have participated in the Beep Ball World Series, and all money raised will go to help support their organization.

More information can be found on Facebook by visiting both the Iowa Reapers and the Dallas County Republicans or by going to the Dallas County GOP website at www.dallascountygop.com.

20 Jun
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Dallas County Republican Potluck

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                              Sunday, June 21st 2015             

 

Dallas County GOP to Host Annual Family-Friendly Summer Potluck

Adel, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce the Annual Dallas County Republican Potluck to be held at Kinnick-Feller Park in Adel, Iowa starting at 6 pm on Thursday, June 25th.

“This annual event is a great opportunity to come out and meet our local office holders, candidates and enjoy some great food.” stated Dallas County Chair Tyler De Haan. Suggested donation is $5 dollars or bring a side dish or a dessert to share with the attendees. “We hope to encourage families and citizens in Dallas County to come out and socialize with activists and office holders,” replied Co-Chair John Strathman.

Pork Tenderloins will be served by some of the current office holders in Dallas County. You can RSVP to the event by emailing dcgopia@gmail.com or by going out to Eventbrite.com (Annual Dallas County Republican Potluck).

20 Apr
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Carly Fiorina Headlines Final Spring Speaker Series Event

DALLAS COUNTY GOP ANNOUNCES CARLY FIORINA HEADLINING SPRING SPEAKER SERIES KEYNOTE

 

WAUKEE, IA— Dallas County Republicans are pleased to announce our next and final speaker for the Dallas County Spring Speaker Series. This is the final speaker of our Dallas County Spring Speaker Series, and it will be held at the West Des Moines Marriott. The last headline speaker for the Dallas County Spring Speaker Series will be former HP CEO Carly Fiorina on Thursday, May 7th with doors opening at 5:30 pm. “We are pleased to announce that former HP CEO Carly Fiorina will headline our final spring speaker series event. We look forward to having Mrs. Fiorina in Dallas County and learning about her experiences as CEO of a Fortune 500 company and how her leadership vision can help the future of our great country,” commented Chairman Tyler De Haan.

 

Tickets to the event are $25 dollars and may be purchased at the door (RSVP by emailing dcgopia@gmail.com) or by going to www.eventbrite.com (Dallas County). All proceeds will go the Dallas County Republican Party to help fund voter registration, voter turnout and help all Republican candidates in Dallas County. “We are very excited about hosting former CEO of HP Carly Fiorina as part of the Spring Speaker Series. This is a great opportunity for voters to meet Mrs. Fiorina, to hear her vision for America and to ask questions about key issues that face our country,” replied Co-Chairman John Strathman.

 

Doors will open starting at 5:30 pm, with remarks from the speaker beginning at 6:00 pm and the event concluding at 7:00 pm. A cash bar and light snacks will also be provided as part of the event.

 

 

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