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District 4 Woodbury Co. supervisor candidates want their voices heard


Woodbury County, Iowa supervisors tackle big issues like how to best spend taxpayer dollars.

Out of the four the candidates running for the District 4 seat on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, two are Republican and two are Democrats.

They each set goals for what they want to focus on if they're elected to the board, but they all agree that it's always a top priority to keep the citizens in mind.

Three candidates are up against current supervisor David Tripp.

"I'll be bringing the common man, the common man that goes to work every day and works hard to make the middle class wage. And, I want our taxes, tax money to be allocated appropriately," Democrat John DiBerardino said.

"Me as a candidate, I'm really hoping to bring a sense of collaboration and cooperation to all the agencies throughout the county," Democrat Alex Watters said.

"The biggest issue is really transparency. The board is just too entrenched in their status quo," Republican Matthew Ung said.

"Getting industry started here would help lower taxes and that's a big issue with me," Republican David Tripp said.

And, even though DiBerardino, Watters, Ung, and Tripp may have different ideas about the best way to spend taxpayer dollars, all the candidates agree, it's a main concern.

"There's a variety of budget issues. I think we need to look at performance-based budgeting in order to give specific goals to each department as opposed to general guidelines," Ung said.

"What I really want to do if elected, is really what's the long term economic development and opportunities to engage young professionals in our community," Watters said.

"I'd just like to see a little more of the non-profit organizations, get a little more to smaller guys," DiBerardino said.

Tripp said he's learned a lot since he took this position and wants to hold on to his seat in the board room.

"I just feel that I'm a good watchdog for the people of Woodbury County," Tripp said.

Tripp and his three competitors said they aren't afraid to vote for what they feel is best even if its a 4-1 vote.

Another issue all of the candidates brought up was courthouse security. Although, some feel more strongly about the issue than others, the consensus was that it should be in the sheriff's hands.

The primary election will be held on Tuesday, June 3rd. This will narrow the candidates down for the final election, which will be held November 4.

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