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Office Sought: Board of Supervisors – District 3

Political Party: Democrat

Candidate email address: [email protected]

Candidate Website:

Campaign Committee: Askew for Supervisor

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
Fremont Mills Community SchoolsTaborIowa1959-1972HS Diploma
Northwest Missouri State UniversityMaryvilleMissouri1979-1982BS Chemistry, BS Sec Education Chemistry and Physics
University of ArkansasFayettevilleArkansas1982-1990PhD Chemistry

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
Askew Scientific ConsultingPresident and Owner2008CurrentResearcher

Endorsements Received

OrganizationDateContact Name
Great River Area Labor Federation7/28/2020Julia McMeekan
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 15010/13/2020

Why are you running for election?

I am running because of the following reasons:
1. I want to repair our gravel roads to take today’s agricultural traffic weights and stop the use of Electric arc Furnace Slag from ever being used again.
2. I want our county government to support the county fair and to bring more jobs and higher wages to the county through effective government leadership.
3. I want fair and open government that doesn’t support employment embarrassments such as the jailer Dean Naylor or county attorney replacement James Barry along with the questionable practices of Scott Sauer or Nathen Mather such as their use of private emails to conduct county business.

What are the 3 most important issues facing your office over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
CoVid Impact on County BudgetBecaues we will have to prioritize county services with the shortfall in tax revenue.Work with the county staff and with open citizen committees to prioritize essential services and pain levels of county service reductions.
County Economic GrowthWith CoVid impacts we need to make sure employment is available for county residents.Develop an economic committee with cities and the business community to increase good paying jobs in the county.
Stabilize and Increase Population Growth In The CountyIncrease the number of students in the school system for district stability and bring more consumers into the county for business and hospital patient growth.Move to increase employment and housing in all urban towns but protect as much farmland so the agriculture economic engine grows with other industries.

What are the 3 most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue? (if applicable)
CoVidThe pandemic impacts all aspects of county life.Work to make sure that there is staff and funds for increases testing and all residents can get the vaccine when released.
Mental HealthKey to protect the most vulnerable residentsWork within the mental health region to make sure the services are funded.
Economic StabilityOnce CoVid vaccine is being administered then economic stability and growth is paramount to county quality of lifeWork with private and government entities to grow good paying jobs in the county.

What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

I am a Vietnam era veteran that served 4 years in the Air Force as an enlisted airman, 6 years in the Army Reserve as a commissioned officer and 10 years as the Muscatine representative on the US Selective Service Commission (Draft Board).

I am a recognized member of the native american Choctaw tribe and carry the Choctaw tribal credentials an US Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card.

Recent awards I have received include the Iowa Water Pollution Control Association Laboratory Analyst award; the IOWATER Professional of the Year (Watershed Testing); the Iowa Governors Award for Volunteerism (Watershed Testing); the Water Environment Federation, Arthur Sidney Bedell Award for Service to the Iowa Water Pollution Control Association, and the Archie Greenberg Award from Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater

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