Fairfield Ledger

Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2016
Candidate endorsement

Dee Sandquist will represent rural, urban Jefferson County

By David Ballou | Aug 31, 2016

To the editor:

Jefferson County supervisor candidate Dee Sandquist has strong rural credentials, addressing Don Atwood’s concern in the Aug. 18 Ledger that we lack such candidates.

Dee’s family has been in Jefferson County since 1886. Growing up, Dee worked on her family’s farm, graduating from Fairfield High School in 1971. In 2008, she returned to care for her aging mother and help manage the farm. After four years in town, the past four years she has lived east of Fairfield, driving on gravel and paved county roads daily. She and her husband are mid-size family farmers and use conservation practices to care for the land, air and water. She learned to care for the land from her dad, who was a state and national board member for soil and water conservation.

Dee has concern for the interests of city citizens as well. Many know her as Don and Doris Johnson’s daughter, Doug’s sister or as the Hy-Vee dietitian. What they may not know is her over 20 years of leadership and management experience in nonprofit hospitals, most recently as the director of Nutrition, Diabetes, Wellness, Weight Management and Wound Care at a 400-plus bed Top 100 medical center in Vancouver, Washington.

Dee is a successful small business owner. She and her husband started one of the first gluten-free specialty grocery stores in the nation in 2005 and sold it in 2009. She has a Master of Science degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management from Iowa State University and is active in this community as:

• Board member for Carry-on Bags, which supplies weekend meals for needy school children;

• Board member of Pathfinders Resource Conservation & Development, helping individuals and groups with project development;

• Committee member of BlueZones;

• Member Sondheim Center Barhydt Organ Committee;

• Organist at First Lutheran Church; and

• Member of the Fairfield Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, she was elected to represent Iowa dietitians at the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is a former national spokesperson for the Academy.

Dee supports:

• Care of land, water and air;

• Planning for the future;

• Help for people who are in need or who may not have enough to eat;

• Affordable housing;

• Economic development;

• Opportunities for people to live and work in our community;

• Emergency and disaster preparation;

• Public and mental health services; and

• Cost effective use of tax dollars.

I believe Dee Sandquist truly cares for both rural and urban people of this community and working together for the future of our county.

She has had to make tough decisions and provide quality services based on budget and available resources. I believe she’ll make responsible financial decisions and work to provide cost effective services with citizen tax dollars.

She deserves serious consideration for county supervisor by both rural and urban citizens.


– David Ballou, Fairfield


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