SHERRARD — Four people are running for the three open village board seats to be filled in the April 9 municipal elections. Delbert Henry is unopposed in the mayoral election.
Trustee candidates are, from the the Citizens Party, Shawn M. Wyant, Henry "Hank" Dryoel and Geraldine "Gerri" Bristow. Gary T. "Tom" Cameron is running as an independent.
Candidates in ballot order follows:
Shawn Wyant, 46 has been a village trustee for nearly 12 years, first being appointed and then elected for two, 4-year terms. She and her husband Bill have three children and four grandchildren. She works as an electronic health record manager with Iowa Health Systems.
She wants to see Sherrard improve. "I am running for city council to make this a beautiful little village and a great place to live and play. We have tremendous assets in Sherrard, and I want to maintain them and build them," she said.
She sees economic development as the key. "We need to establish and maintain infrastructure and support public safety for our residents." She said she will continue to educate herself on all sides of any issues "to ensure I am making the right call for Sherrard."
Henry "Hank" Dryoel, 69, is not new to politics. He's served as a trustee on the Coyne Center fire district from 2008–2010 and as a member of the Sherrard School Board from 1995-2002. He also was a trustee for the American Legion. He is divorced with three adult children.
Mr. Dryoel is a Sherrard High School graduate and has a 2-year degree from Blackhawk College. "My goal is to serve Sherrard and refocus on the needs of the people living here," he said. He sees financial stability as the key issue and believes the village needs to establish long-term goals.
Geraldine "Gerri " Bristow, 66, served as a village trustee from 2006-2010. She is retired after 32 years working in school food service. She and her husband, Nic, have three adult children and three grandchildren. She also has served as a secretary at Cable Community Church and was president of Iowa-Illinois Food service co-op from 2008-2009.
She thinks that managing village finances is the foremost job of a trustee. "Village residents deserve a trustee that will responsibly oversee expenditures, including TIF Funds," she said. "The expected TIF income will decrease significantly," she predicted. "It is very important that trustees insure that available funds are expended to improve the village roads, main street and park."
"I have the time and the interest to be involved in improvements now and for the future of the village," she added.
Gary T, "Tom" Cameron, 36, is running for his first public office. He has been a union laborer for the past 17 years. He and his wife, Courtny, have two children. Although running as an independent candidate, he considers himself a Democrat. "I have never run for anything like this before," he said. "I am hoping to make some fresh changes that will better the community. Fixing the roads is top on my wish list."
Mr. Henry, 53, is running for the Citizen's party. He has been a trustee on the village board for the past four years and, during that time, also served for a short time as mayor.
He said the biggest issue is bringing money into the community, mostly from a recently adopted Tax Increment Financing district on the west side of Fyre Lake.
The village recently expanded its borders into Fyre Lake's west side to encompass the newly opened golf course and some of the land for additional housing near the golf course. "It's a shared thing, with the city controlling the sewer and Fyre Lake controlling the water," he said.
He would like to see Sherrard grow and bring in the new housing "and get people out here," he said.