MUSCATINE, Iowa–In 2007, Brad Bark first moved to Muscatine shortly after completing his bachelors degree at the University of Wisconsin Platteville. His future wife, who graduated from Platteville before him, had accepted a position as an environmental engineer at Stanley Consultants and he looked forward to joining her. He also planned to continue his education by earning his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport.
After Bark completed his schooling, he and his wife spent some time traveling before making the decision to settle permanently in Muscatine. May 2, 2011, Bark opened Bark Chiropractic. In his 10 years of practice, Bark has valued the easy communication between all of Muscatine’s healthcare professionals. He has found that by working with others, he has developed more effective and integrated treatments for his patients. “I love meeting people and I love working with people and being able to help them,” he emphasized.
Outside of work, Bark has found other ways to give back to the community. Previously, Bark served on several local boards of directors and volunteered at his church. In 2018 and 2019, he helped coordinate Rockin’ on Sycamore with local businesses and the Muscatine Police Department to raise money for their Shop with a Cop event. Bark has also renovated two downtown buildings, and hopes that the work will inspire others to help maintain the downtown area as well.
With encouragement from many friends and area residents, Bark decided to run for mayor. “I want to try to make a positive difference in Muscatine, working with the people of Muscatine, the small businesses of Muscatine, and the corporations of Muscatine,” he said.
If elected, Bark plans on focusing his energies into growing Muscatine, both as a place for people to live and work and as a center for regional travel. “The big thing that I want to do is work with the city, and the county, and the corporations, and the community to put Muscatine back on the map as a destination.”
Bark would also emphasize seeking community and large and small business input on determining priority projects and identifying the resources needed to complete them. Through this collaboration, he hopes all citizens will feel that they have a say in local government and that together people can identify the best solutions to move Muscatine forward. “No entity or person should be left behind,” he emphasized.