September 22, 2017

The race for one of the council seats in Carroll’s upcoming city election will be contested.

Jean Ludwig is running for the 3rd Ward City Council seat against incumbent Clay Haley.

Ludwig, 74, is originally from Arcadia and has lived in Carroll for 51 years. She is retired from her work as a financial adviser at Bank of the West and now works as a cashier at the New Hope Village Bargain Shoppe, sings in the choir at Holy Spirit Parish and belongs to golf leagues.

Her brother, Dale Schweers, lives north of Arcadia.

This is Ludwig’s first time running for public office.

Ludwig said she hopes to work with council on ways to make Carroll attractive to alumni and job-seekers.

“Carroll has a wonderful reputation in the state and actually in the nation because of the many people who have graduated from our local schools and moved on to different areas,” she said. “I want to encourage those people to consider coming back to Carroll for jobs.”

And Carroll has a unique draw — time, Ludwig said. While those who live in a city might spend a half hour getting from one spot to the next, it’s possible to drive across Carroll in 10 minutes — if the trains cooperate.

“I’ve always said this; we should sell time as a benefit of living in (Carroll),” Ludwig said. “I believe time is a very serious commodity we have to offer in this town.”

Ludwig said she is looking forward to the city’s updated library and City Hall. She noted that the recently passed bond referendum regarding the project involved a fundraising “bargain” with the library foundation that needs to be upheld, and that she wants the city to complete the project within its stated budget.

As a council member, Ludwig said she plans to listen to constituents — even if every request isn’t green-lighted.

“I already talk to people a lot, and I want to look into what they have to say; they have to understand I will represent what they have to say,” she said. “We need to think long-term about our taxes and not jump on every project that is offered to us.”

The election is Nov. 7.