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Fort Madison mayoral candidates make their pitch

FORT MADISON (WGEM) — The Fort Madison mayor’s race features three candidates.

All said the most important issue is securing Fort Madison’s future, but they differ on how to achieve that.

“We have to look not only tomorrow, a year down the road, then years down the road,” Third Ward councilman Matt Mohrfeld said.

Mohrfeld said it comes from having a clear vision.

“That vision would look like a town where my 17 year old son, after he goes to school to become an engineer, says to himself, ‘I want to go back to Fort Madison, I want to raise my family there, I want my children to go to that small school that I went to,'” he said.

Rodney Hoskins said security comes from a sense of community.

“Our biggest problem right now is to try to get everyone united as one because we’re still a family environment no matter what,” he said.

Hoskins said he tired of citizens feeling ignored by their government, something most recently shown during the debate over making golf carts and ATV’s street legal.

“We’re letting one person debate for two or three thousand people,” he said.

Joseph Helmick, a butcher at Fareway, says he’s running to hold leaders accountable.

“The council doesn’t listen to us any more,” he said.

He said it’s also time to bring in more businesses.

“We need to have a place to shop, be able to buy a pair of work boots. We’ve got good people here, good working class people here and we can’t even afford to shop here,” he said.

“How do we help set the stage, whether it be through amenities or infrastructure that we can attract businesses that are jobs of the future?” Mohrfeld said.

There is another name on the ballot, but the Lee County Auditor’s Office says Jason Eaves dropped out after they had already printed the ballots.

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Blake Sammann

Blake Sammann is a reporter and weekend anchor at WGEM News.

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