Some people are natural public servants. For many people, they didn’t grow up in the environment that would lead them into public service. For some, it’s something that comes from within.
The desire to help fellow human beings led Kelley resident Tim Winter into the political ring. A run in the political world last year has now opened up the door to serve as Boone County Democratic chairperson. Winter was considered a viable candidate in Boone County to represent the constituents.
“I have always wanted to make a difference, to be a public servant,” explains Winter. “The position that I now hold as Boone County Democratic chairperson means different things to me, but mostly it means serving the entire community, not just the party.”
Winter and his wife, Kellie, and their two children have lived on a farm near Kelley for the past seven years. Tim has a degree in agriculture business and agronomy and has worked in that field for several years. They all work on the family farm, where they raise and sell fresh produce and fall pumpkins and gourds.
“I have always taken my right to vote very seriously,” explained Winter. “I grew up in a political family…my parents were both Republicans. I learned a lot from them and saw how people could talk across the aisle.”
Winter found himself attending a central committee meeting after the family made a move to Kelley. He said that he went to that meeting and he watched and he listened to the Democrats.
“I was able to listen to the Democratic philosophy and what they had to say about health care costs, education and clean water and air,” he told. “I said to myself that if I didn’t like the politics, then I should get involved.”
Representing the constituents in Iowa House District 48 wasn’t in the books for Winter. He does admit that meeting the people of the district and listening to their problems, he felt that those problems were not being addressed.
“There are lots of very frustrated people in District 48,” said Winter. “There is property tax backfill money that is not being used in our district. I asked myself, what can I do for our district?”
Winter said that he thought about the election that he didn’t win and still was looking at options on how he could help.
“I thought about it and I decided to move forward,” he said. “I accepted the position as Boone County Democratic chairperson and began reaching out to help our communities. I believe in unity in the community and we are reaching out to other communities to coordinate events that everyone will benefit from, not just Democrats.”
Winter shared four major events that Democratic committees in several communities will be working together on. Soup suppers, the Third Annual Democracy Ball on April 27, the Picnic for the Party later this summer and the Brown Woodard Dinner the end of September.
“We have had so many things hitting us all in the face recently,” tells Winter. “There are so many things happening and nothing is being addressed. We have Iowans that are aging fast in the rural communities, and the absence of mental health funding and health costs skyrocketing, and there is no new policy to address any of this.”
Taking on the job of Democratic chairperson for Boone County allows Winter to address items.
“This will allow me to work with people who want to help people,” he said. “And I mean all people, not just Democrats and it’s going to take all of us working together to help make a difference. There are 5,000 Democrats in Boone County, 500 to 600 of them are active and about 50 of them are working every day. We need to make our policies more effective.”
Winter believes that elected politicians need to be held accountable.
“We are getting a good look at the struggles of our small towns,” Winter commented. “Our older population needs more and more daily items, such as food and clothing. This is a rich country, but many areas here in Iowa and elsewhere show many negative things. Perhaps we are not as rich as we thought we were. We have lost over 40 schools in some of our towns in the last two years. “
Winter is an example of a politician reaching out to our communities.
He may not have the experience of being a politician for any great period of time, but he does have the knowledge, the skills, the education and the understanding to reach out to all members of communities. There is something to be said for putting yourself out there.
Winter has his finger on the pulse of what is going on in the communities he represents as the Boone County Democratic chairperson. It might be hard to beat a politician with political experience, but what might be more important or as important is that he has the drive to work with everyone.
“Of course, my political goal is to get Democrats elected to office,” he said in closing. “But another important goal is to help out the communities, to work with local organizations and to recognize and then help those who are struggling.”
“This is a rich country, but many areas here in Iowa and elsewhere show many negative things. Perhaps we are not as rich as we thought we were.” -Tim Winter
“My political goal is to get Democrats elected to office. But another important goal is to help out our communities, and to work with local organizations and to recognize and then help those that are struggling.” – Tim Winter