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Voters’ Guide: Newton candidates for town council, mayor

October 23rd, 2009 Posted in Opinion

By Kelly Greenwood

NEWTON–Giving back to the community, educating the public and learning about town government are all things Jason Goodsell is looking forward to if he gets elected to the Newton Town Council in the town’s upcoming municipal election.

Goodsell is one of three people nominated for the council. He said he was surprised that he was nominated and that several people asked him to run. “I didn’t think I’d be running this young,” he said.

Goodsell is currently a member of the Newton Planning Committee. During his service on the committee, he said he “took an interest in learning about town government” and made a goal last January to attend all town council meetings. The planning committee has been challenging, he said, but he has learned that small things affect people and that communication is important.

Goodsell said if he is elected to the town council, it would be a great experience to work with the mayor and councilmen. “I would love to learn from those guys,” he said.

Goodsell said he would like to be able to say that he was “willing to help out” and would appreciate the opportunity to give back to the community. “I would like to educate the general public about what’s going on,” he said. If he is elected to the council, he still plans to serve on the planning committee until they find someone to take his place.

Joining Goodsell in the town council nomination is Greg Jorgensen, who is currently on the council. He has served on the council for almost four years, he said, and is glad to be nominated again. Jorgensen said he has enjoyed serving in the community and that it is fun to work towards something.

“I’ve enjoyed it. It’s been a good experience,” he said.

Jorgensen said he has been working on getting funding for a new fire station and that he looks forward to continuing this work if he is nominated for the council. Jorgensen said his experience with the council is a reason people should vote for him.

“I’ve learned a lot,” he said. “I’ll bring experience of the last four years with me.”

Bruce Erickson, a current council member, has also been nominated for another term on the council. Erickson could not be reached for comment.

Newton’s current mayor, Clair Christiansen, is the sole nominee for
mayor. Christiansen could not be reached for comment.

voting will be Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Newton Town Hall. Early voting will be held at the town hall Oct. 29 and 30 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m.

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