Things I’ve heard going door to door include:
“Don’t forget about Earlham!”
“Are you going to remember Truro if you get elected?”
A lot of people in the corners of the county are concerned that a lot of decisions seem to be made by people who live in or near Winterset, and that’s valid.
A concern that I have about the future is this: Within 20 years, West Des Moines will be the biggest city in Madison County, and if we keep electing Supervisors at-large, it won’t be Winterset people making decisions, it will be West Des Moines people.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the decisions will be bad or wrong, but it might mean that the unique issues facing Macksburg, East Peru, or St. Charles might not be top-of mind.
In Iowa, County Boards of Supervisors must have 3 or 5 members; those are the only options. According to Iowa Code 331.206, we can choose a representation plan based on district and population.
If we want to ensure that everyone is represented, it’s time to think about making that change.
What do you think?