Mark Nelson appointed to vacant Woodbury County Supervisor seat

Published: Jan. 24, 2023 at 10:47 AM CST
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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - After interviewing multiple candidates for a vacancy on the Woodbury County Board of Supervisors, a vote was made Tuesday morning to appoint Mark Nelson to the position.

The three-person committee, made up of the county attorney, county auditor and county treasurer, voted unanimously to appoint Nelson to the vacant seat left by former Supervisor Rock De Witt.

Nelson was one of several people to apply for the position. Other candidates who showed interest in the seat included Republicans Barbara Sloniker, John Van Eldik, Willard Brian McNaughton, Nathan Heilman and Jeanette Beekman. Two other candidates, Angela Kayl and Charles Clark, were also interested but did not list a party affiliation.

Nelson, who is listed as a Republican, is a cattle farmer from Correctionville and is originally from Moville. The committee members all stated before nominating Nelson that they wanted someone who will advocate for rural Woodbury County.

Nelson told KTIV as a farmer he agrees there is a lack of rural representation.

”We were discussing at our last Farm Bureau meeting that we believe it was 20 years ago since when the last farmer was on the board.” said Nelson “Being such a unique county with a dense urban population but also a wide rural population, I think it is going be a good thing to have a farmer back on the board and someone rural who is involved with the small-town committees and communities. I am ready to get to work,”

Nelson will represent District 3 in Woodbury County, which covers communities like Banner, Moville and Grant. He was sworn into the position Tuesday afternoon before the board of supervisors’ weekly meeting.

This is a map of the supervisor districts in Woodbury County. The dark green portion is...
This is a map of the supervisor districts in Woodbury County. The dark green portion is District 3, which Nelson will be the supervisor of.(Woodbury County)

”First thing is first we have got to get this budget pushed through,” said Nelson. “The other four have been working really hard on that. Got a little bit of work to do on that yet but once we get that done... living on a gravel road and being a farmer I hear a lot about the roads. Especially this time of year. Mark Nahra will tell you the same thing. With this gravel revitalization project going on I want to give some input on that.”

The seat was made vacant after former De Witt was elected to Iowa State Senate District 1 back in November. He took the oath of office in Des Mones on Jan. 9, which resigned him from his supervisor’s seat. Nelson will fill De Witt’s former seat until the November 2024 election.

The public does have 14 days from Tuesday, Jan. 24, to petition for a special election.

This is a Developing Story. We’ll update this article throughout the day as more information comes in.