Four people are vying for three seats on the Sheldahl City Council this November. Running are incumbent, Raymond Harris, along with Bobbie Adams, Nicole Goeser and Shawn Houston. The following candidates responded to our request to answer questions.


Shawn Houston


Age: 39


Occupation: Contractor


Why are you running for the City Council in your community?


This is the place my family put roots down to live. I want to be part of its growth for the years ahead and beyond…


Have you ever served on City Council here before?


No


What experiences/qualifications are you able to bring to the city council?


Understanding of codes. I never leave anything not finished. Most of all, I’m a good listener.


In your opinion, what are the top two issues facing your community, and where do you stand on these issues?


There’s issues every day; one is no more important than another. You deal with one at a time in hope of a better community for all and the city’s best interest for growth.


In your opinion, has the current City Council/leadership been doing a good job for your town? And why do you say that? What do you think your city could be doing better?


They did what they thought was right. Do I agree with everything? No, but I believe things could change for the better. Everyone has a chance to be heard at the meeting not matter how small…


Who are the members of your family?


Wife, Ashley; daughter, Lani, and son, Skyler,


Raymond Harris


Age: 67


Occupation: 30-year John Deere retiree - welder, 16 yr. North Polk bus driver and still driving


Number of years you’ve lived here? 67 yrs.


Why are you running for the City Council in your community?


There are two younger ones already serving that are doing a great job, there is the potential of two more younger people joining the council, so I’m the old guy there to help and hopefully to continue to help.


Have you ever served on City Council here before?


Eight or more years


What experiences/qualifications are you able to bring to the City Council?


Have always worked for the city in some capacity for the last 40 years.


In your opinion, what are the top two issues facing your community, and where do you stand on these issues?


Sewer, and a small town in three counties can be a problem; I work with the city clerk to solve these problems.The sewer is a big expense for the people who live here. I’m not happy with that for a town this size; hopefully we can get a grant to help with that.


In your opinion, has the current City Council/leadership been doing a good job for your town? And why do you say that? What do you think your city could be doing better?


Yes, because we all work well together and all have great ideas. I think we have already done something better and that’s hiring a full-time city employee. He is not only doing a great job, but he has already saved the city a lot of money. I hope we can make more improvements like that in the future.


Who are the members of your family?


Wife of 45 years, Diana; son Travis Harris of Polk City; daughter, Nicole Husak of Polk City, seven grandchildren


Nicole Goeser


Age: 30


Occupation: Swine diagnostic scientist with Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, Health Management Center in Ames


Number of years you’ve lived here? 2.5 years


Why are you running for the City Council in your community?


I am running for the Sheldahl City Council because I plan to stay here a while and grow our family, so I want to be involved in my community and do more than just be a good neighbor. This is the perfect opportunity to challenge myself and to get involved with a great group of people.


Have you ever served on City Council here before?


No, I have not.


What experiences/qualifications are you able to bring to the City Council?


I have had a few customer service positions in my life and I’m good at doing my research and reaching out when big decisions need to be made. I’m eager to learn and excited for this opportunity to serve my community and hopefully make a difference.


In your opinion, what are the top two issues facing your community, and where do you stand on these issues?


I think the top two issues facing Sheldahl are traffic control issues and involuntary annexation.


Our community has lots of families that like to get outside and move around. There are so many vehicles passing through here that run through our posted stop signs and exceed the speed limits. I do not want to see the day when a terrible accident occurs to those walking, riding bikes or riding golf carts.


I think Sheldahl has a nice, but complicated, system going for services and taxes, being in three counties. The far, or near, future of potential annexation is in our minds and early preparation would be in our best interests.


In your opinion, has the current City Council/leadership been doing a good job for your town? And why do you say that? What do you think your city could be doing better?


I have been attending City Council meetings for almost a year now, and I have seen some really good things. The current council is knowledgeable, direct, helpful and resourceful. You can really tell they care about this town and those who live here. I’ve witnessed constructive debates and tough decisions and our town is coming out on top. I have great respect for the team. Quick follow-up on issues brought to the council, within protocol, would be something I’d like to see more of.


Who are the members of your family?


My husband, Danny, and I have two beautiful girls, Olivia (3) and Harper (2)