The Linn County General Municipal Elections are Tuesday, April 3.

This election preview highlights the candidates running for Marceline City Council.

Tyson Brammer

What do you want the people of Marceline to know about why you're running for city council?

I opted to run for re-election because I wanted to continue to be a part of addressing many long-term needs that future of Marceline may depend on.

Why do you feel that you are the best fit for the job?

I am committed to representing all of the citizens of Marceline. I want to hear what citizens are concerned about and act on those concerns.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have a very solid understanding of the needs and issues we are facing as a city, from my experience on the council.

What do you think the biggest challenge of being part of the Marceline city council is?

I'd say the biggest challenge is losing. It's hard to lose a vote when you're passionate about something and then trying to forget it so you can move on to the next topic. You almost have to have amnesia sometimes.

How do you feel about the current city council?

I believe we all have the best interests of Marceline in mind.  Sometimes our opinions and strategies may differ, but respectfully working as a team is key.

As an an incumbent what has been your biggest accomplishment since being elected?

I would say just understanding that all peoples opinions matter.  Giving a voice to everyone and representing them in an empathetic manner to the best of my ability.    

Sallie Buck

What do you want the people of Marceline to know about why you're running for city council?  

Marceline has been my home for many years, and my involvement in our City government, as well as my involvement in other organizations who do good things for our City, shows I do care about what goes on in Marceline, and I want to continue to be active in the betterment of our City. With three years of City Council experience, I feel much more knowledgeable in making good decisions for our City.  

Why do you feel that you are the best fit for the job?  

I work hard, hold to my commitments, and don’t let up on asking questions if something is not clear to me.  If I am re-elected for the next three years, I assure you I will give it my all for the continued positive progress of Marceline.  We have made so much great strides lately, just want to keep the momentum going with forward thinking and actions.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?  

I would only hope all the candidates who are running for the open council seats, have the best interest of Marceline as their focus – I know I do!  There is certainly a learning curve, involving time and lots of questions, to have a clear understanding of the operations of the City. With my recent three years of Council experience behind me, I feel confident in making the right decisions to continue keeping Marceline in a progressive state.

What do you think the biggest challenge of being part of the Marceline city council is?  

Budgets are always an challenge and there is never enough money to do all the things we would like to do.  The City office staff does an excellent job of guiding the council with applicable financial information, for which we can then make the best financial decisions.  We have a great City crew that works hard, in spite of not having all the “bells and whistles” to make their job easier. This is all due to budgets, an unending battle in small towns.

How do you feel about the current city council?  

I feel the current council works very well together.  We certainly do not always agree on the many topics we deal with, but we hear each other out, respect each other’s opinions, and make decisions accordingly.  We have a great mixture of age and experience on the current council, which makes for a good balance at making important decisions.

As an an incumbent what has been your biggest accomplishment since being elected?

I am very happy and proud to have been a part of lots of good things for Marceline. The progression our City is making right now is what makes me most proud.  As a team, we have seen positive action on many items to include, the new 1.1 mile concrete walking trail, the planting of many new trees around the walking trail and pool area, the new swimming pool with winter-time dome for year-around use, the conscience effort and money towards needed demolitions, our involvement with the Downtown Marceline group, the new Ripley Park pond and walking bridge, additional upcoming renovations at Ripley Park, the ongoing efforts at the Marceline Business Complex, new LED lighting around town, the upgrades on our electric system, and the leadership of our City.

John Carver

What do you want the people of Marceline to know about why you're running for city council?

I really care about Marceline and the people of our community.

Why do you feel that you are the best fit for the job?

I will offer and open door policy and welcome input from our citizens so I can better represent them.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I have 4 years of council experience and am a certified municipal official.

What do you think the biggest challenge of being part of the Marceline city council will be?

I feel we need to work on the infrastructure I.E. water lines, sewer system,another concern of our community is the high utility rates.

How do you feel about the current city council?

Most are good and I look forward to working with them to make Marceline a better place to live and work.

What experience do you have that would help you as a member of the Marceline city council?

My experience and commitment to our community will be a beneficial factor on the council. I would appreciate your vote on April 3rd.

 

 

Pamela Engelhard 

What do you want the people of Marceline to know about why you're running for city council?
I believe we all have a duty to make our town, our community, the best it can be for the present and the future. I believe it is my turn to step up and do it.

Why do you feel that you are the best fit for the job?

I can not say I am 100% the best fit out of all who are currently running, I can only promise to do my best for Marceline. I will work hard to help our town return to better days.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I am one of two new to the opportunity of becoming a city councilperson. I believe I can offer different views and options from candidates who have already served.

What do you think the biggest challenge of being part of the Marceline city council will be?
As this will be my first time participating in local government, learning the proper steps and procedures required will be the most challenging.

How do you feel about the current city council?
After having attended a number of Council meetings I have a good deal of respect for this group and what they are doing.

What experience do you have that would help you as a member of the Marceline city council?

I am on a number of committees in the Lions Club, local, District and State levels, where I have learned skills in working within laws and by-laws, also working with local, District, State and International levels.

 

 

Mary Gibson

What do you want the people of Marceline to know about why you're running for city council?

As my children get older, I'd like to help the town grow and expand into a place in which they can make a future.  

Why do you feel that you are the best fit for the job?

I hope to bring in fresh ideas and a new perspective to the job.

What sets you apart from the other candidates?

I'd like to represent everyone in the town.  All voices and opinions are important and should be heard.

What do you think the biggest challenge of being part of the Marceline city council will be?

If elected, I will be new to the Council's processes and procedures.  I am sure there will be a learning curve as there is with any new job.

How do you feel about the current city council?

I feel that I have not observed the Council long enough to form a proper opinion.  However, they are representatives of the citizens of Marceline, and as such, should do everything in their power to listen to the people and put their needs first.

What experience do you have that would help you as a member of the Marceline city council?

As a Creative Service Designer at Walsworth Publishing, I travel and interact with many different people on a regular basis.  I feel that I work well with others and am good at solving problems. As board member at Father McCartan School, and also as member of the Marceline Lions Club, I am regularly learning about how to raise money, and make a budget work.  And of course as a mother, I am able to balance many various responsibilities at a time.