23-year-old Coon Rapids insurance man running for supervisor
Republican Waddle describes himself as fiscal conservative
June 19, 2014
Carroll County Republican special convention delegates Wednesday night nominated Jared Waddle, a 23-year-old insurance salesman for Transamerica in Coon Rapids, as the party's candidate for District 4 supervisor.
"He's been mulling it over for quite awhile," said Carroll County Republican Party Chairman Craig Williams. "He's an excellent young man."
Waddle will face three-term Democratic incumbent Marty Danzer of rural Carroll in the November election. No GOP candidates were on the ballot earlier this month for the primary.
District 4 covers southeast Carroll County, including Dedham, Willey, Carrollton, Coon Rapids, Glidden and Ralston. Candidates for Carroll County supervisor offices must live in the district they represent but are voted on by all voting eligible residents of Carroll County.
Waddle, a recent graduate of Luther College in Decorah, where he earned a bachelor's degree in political science and played outfielder for the baseball team, is a son of John and Lisa Waddle of Coon Rapids. John Waddle just captured his 600th win as Coon Rapids-Bayard baseball coach Tuesday night.
Jared Waddle has been attending Carroll County Board of Supervisors meetings and plans to take time off from work to hit the sessions through the election to prepare, should voters give him the nod.
"I definitely want to work my butt off to know as much as I can," Waddle said.
Waddle said he is a fiscal conservative and would focus his campaign on tax-and-spending issues.
His said the "age-and-experience" question can work in his favor.
"The younger generation needs leadership in this county," Waddle said. "This is an aging county. Maybe I can help attract some young people to move back here."
Danzer, 53, an independent grain-and-livestock operator, farms the land on which he was born southeast of Carroll. It's been in his family since 1950.
Williams said local Republicans are recruiting candidates to run in other county races for seats currently in play but with no balloted opposition to the Democratic candidates.
Breda Democrat Dean Schettler is seeking to replace retiring 2nd District Supervisor Dan Nieland in what is now an uncontested race. And Carroll County Recorder Marilyn Dopheide is running unopposed as a veteran Democrat.
Williams said local Republicans are likely going to cede Democrat wins to County Auditor Kourtney Irlbeck and County Treasurer Jean Seidl. Williams said those positions are more administrative and that the officeholders are competent managers who don't engage in partisan politics.
He said Republicans view Dopheide as more active on the political front and want to field an opponent for her.
"Actually, I would like to see somebody run for recorder," Williams said. "I think that is the most partisan office. I think the person in charge is fairly partisan."
Carroll County John Werden, a Republican, faces no Democratic opponent in the fall.
Carroll County Supervisors make $27,792 annually and are eligible for full county employee benefits, including health insurance and IPERS (Iowa Public Employee Retirement System).
Candidates who wish to seek office through petition as independents for county offices can file between Aug. 4 and 27.
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