WAVERLY — In Tuesday’s primary election, Bremer County’s only contested race involves two candidates for the Republican nomination for treasurer.
Their origins make it attractive.
One of the candidates is Waverly Mayor Adam Hoffman, an advanced funeral planner with Abels Funeral and Cremation Service at Grundy Center for the past nine years. The other is Angie Burrows, a 21-year-old employee of the treasurer’s office who is currently assistant treasurer in charge of motor vehicles.
They are seeking a four-year term for an office providing motor vehicle, driver’s license and property tax services.
Longtime Treasurer Sue Shonka is retiring at the end of the year.
No Democrat has filed a candidacy.
Burrows, 60, has had her eye on the job for a number of years and believes her years of service will be an asset if elected.
“There’s a lot going on in this office and a lot of laws that you need to know about,” she said. “It is an advantage for the public. We will make sure they are supported correctly the first time.
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Currently, Burrows manages the staff in her department and takes pride in training and mentoring others. She also considers herself a go-to source for anyone with questions.
Another attribute she highlighted was her “good rapport” with the public, and noted her passion as one of the reasons voters should elect her: “I love my job. And I just feel like I’d be a good asset to the county and the office.
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She said Bremer County is “very important to me, with my three children here and eight grandchildren attending our schools.”
“I would have every intention of going on for a while. Look at Chuck Grassley. He’s what, 90? I’m probably not going to be around that long,” she said.
Hoffman also noted that at his age and with his youngest child entering fifth grade, he would also be here for the long haul.
“We’re not going anywhere. My wife loves her job, and I don’t see myself going anywhere, and this type of opportunity, when I spoke to Sue Shonka, the retired county treasurer, she told me that she thought it would be a really good decision for me,” he said.
Hoffman feels he has the tools to run the office, despite never having worked there.
He gave the comparison of those hired to be a state trooper. They are given the job with “no experience, no college degree and who go through a 21 or 22 week law enforcement academy” and then given a “gun, patrol vehicle and ticket book at the 23rd week to start their work which they are supposed to do 100% without necessarily the help of anyone else.
“To a certain extent, I don’t believe that any specific experience has much relevance,” he said.
But his current work experience is applicable, he said. One example is its management of hundreds of pre-needs financial accounts like trusts, certificates of deposit, assurance engagements and annuities.
He also believes he has the ability to coach, coach and motivate employees. Additionally, Hoffman would be able to help plan the expansion and/or remodeling of the courthouse as it relates to the Treasurer’s Department.
He has no doubt that he is capable of preparing the treasurer’s budget for the supervisory board.
“You’re not only responsible for collecting taxpayers’ money through property taxes; you are also responsible for some of the expenses. You have some governance over operational expenses and monetary revenue that the department generates through certain transaction fees,” he said.
If elected, Hoffman would give up his job at the funeral home. And he said he intended to finish his term as mayor and run for re-election, after learning that Iowa law allows one person to hold two offices if they are in different positions. levels of government.
Another striking difference between the candidates is their experience in politics.
Burrows notes that she was a Republican all her life but “wasn’t very involved in politics.”
On the other hand, Hoffman was heavily involved in the local Republican Party.
Hoffman feels he has a head start when it comes to interacting with the general public.
“I had significant engagement with the public as a public servant, beginning when I joined the fire department the day after I graduated from high school,” Hoffman said. “With all my jobs, I’ve been in public, not hidden in a back office. It’s always been about engaging the public and building people’s skills through communication, coordination and cooperation.
Councilors are happy to have given it a shot, but now feel that changes need to be made or else there is a good chance that, if re-proposed, they will not get their vote.
The remaining Republican and Democratic races do not field a candidate or are uncontested.
- District 2: Republican Corey Cerwinske.
- District 3: Republican incumbent Dewey Hildebrandt. (District 2 incumbent Timothy Neil has filed for District 3 due to redistricting. He is an independent and will not be on the primary ballot.)
- Recorder – Missy Thurm, titular Republican.
- Lawyer – Republican Darius Robinson, Democrat Jill Dashner.