LaVern Dirkx
LaVern Dirkx

August 2, 2017

City Council member LaVern Dirkx handily retained his seat in a three-way election Tuesday.

Dirkx, who was appointed in January to fill an open at-large council seat, defeated two challengers, Ronald “Woody” Beyer and Matt Hodges, for the seat this week. He will serve the remaining two years of the term.

Of the 2,522 votes cast in the council election, Dirkx received 1,440 votes, or 57 percent. Hodges nabbed 725 votes and Beyer 326, with 31 write-in votes.

“I’m just glad the voters came out in the numbers they did,” Dirkx said. “I plan on continuing the work I’ve been doing.”

Dirkx, who spent seven years on the city’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Advisory Board and 10 as a member of the Carroll Community School District Board of Education before becoming a member of City Council, said he is looking forward to the next two years on council.

Dirkx said he plans to continue addressing the city’s housing needs, including what has been a identified as a shortage particularly of low- and middle-income housing options in Carroll.

He also supports providing the most up-to-date equipment possible to the police department and continued city-spurred efforts to spruce up Carroll, which he said trickles down to individual homeowners’ efforts to beautify their own homes.

“It gives a positive image clear through the whole city and makes everything more progressive and aggressive, instead of being laid-back and trying to save every dollar you can, and all of a sudden, you’re going backward,” he said.

Dirkx has emphasized that he researches topics carefully and thoroughly before voting on issues. He said he enjoys working with the current members of City Council.

“The current council we have now … has intelligent people that really study things out,” he said. “They’re pretty open-minded, and they’re asking for the public’s input. I really like being on this council. I hope the public understands this is a good group that is working on doing the best we can for the community.”