Clay Haley
Clay Haley

September 22, 2017

Third Ward Carroll City Councilman Clay Haley, a businessman with strong ties to agriculture who says he looks to find a reasonable middle ground between conservative and progressive approaches to government, is seeking a second term at City Hall.

“I have some experience under my belt,” Haley said. “I understand how city finance works as well as planning.”

Haley filed for re-election Thursday with the Carroll County Auditor’s Office.

Haley, 39, 523 Summit Drive, is president of Haley Equipment, which has locations in Carroll, Wall Lake and Rockwell City. Haley also serves on the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Board.

He is a recent former Carroll Rotary Club president.

“I feel that I can get along well with a lot of people in the community,” Haley said.

A graduate of Buena Vista University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in management with concentrations in communications and marketing, Haley said he brings business experience to his candidacy.

“You can be too conservative, you can be too liberal,” Haley said. “I try to strike the balance and use common sense.”

A native of Carroll, Haley grew up in Wall Lake.

Haley, a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll, has two children in the Kuemper Catholic School System: Lauren, 14, an eighth-grader; and Jackson, 6, a kindergartener.

Haley said the current City Council is highly functioning and moving through key agenda items like trail development, the Graham Park entertainment district, a modernized library and improved Recreation Center.

“I see it as an exciting time for the city,” Haley said.

Haley views his background in agriculture as an asset on the City Council.

“Everything that happens in our community and region is rooted in agriculture,” Haley said. “There’s not a business I know that’s not affected by agriculture.”

There are two announced candidates who will be the ballot in the 3rd Ward: Haley and Jean Ludwig.