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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 8, 2016

Lacey, Hollingsworth run for extension council

By NICOLE HESTER-WILLIAMS Ledger staff writer | Nov 04, 2016

Tuesday is General Election Day, and early and absentee voting ends Monday. This election season, Jefferson County residents have the opportunity to select four county agricultural extension council members who would each serve four-year terms.

On Oct. 26, The Ledger spoke with several candidates running for county extension council seats. Today, two more contenders weighed in on their reasons for vying for one of the four available seats.

“I’m running again because we’ve gotten a lot accomplished in the last four years, and I think I’ve saved the taxpayers a lot of money,” said Jefferson County Extension Council incumbent board member Jeanette Lacey. “If I don’t agree with something, I vote no and, that’s what I’m elected to do.”

Lacey said the extension council is responsible for hiring an ISU extension and outreach office director, county youth coordinator and office assistant.

Lacey said the extension council recently hired a director and installed fiber optic cable services allowing ISU Extension and Outreach to bring in additional programming to offer more options for Jefferson County residents.

“All of this is paid by taxpayer’s dollars. So like if someone wants to watch a webinar from Kirkwood College, they can do that here. The [extension council] works as a group out there, it’s not just one person, everything is done by a majority vote.” Lacey said, commenting that the extension council along with the county youth committee and the 4-H program have all been working together for a common goal.

“We need to push on this stuff. I think we’re doing a great job; I really do … my goal is to keep everyone in Jefferson County working together. It doesn’t matter if you’re in town, out of town or out in the county, all of Jefferson County has to work together; everybody, we all have different ways of life, but we have to come together. Keeping the fairgrounds going, saving tax dollars — that’s what is important today,” she said.

Jefferson County resident J.D. Hollingsworth is also running for an extension council seat.

“Iowa State University has a lot of good research that they put together,” Hollingsworth said, commenting that he hoped to make a difference by shedding light on ISU Extension and Outreach’s many offerings.

“Sometimes, it can be tricky to get this information out to the public. The county needs good local leaders and people who are working together to get that information out,” he said.

Hollingsworth, who serves on the Jefferson County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, said he desires to become even more involved in community service. 

Hollingsworth works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. He also farms alongside his father.

“It’s about being able to use my talents to better serve the people of Jefferson County,” Hollingsworth said.

For more information about the Jefferson County Extension Council, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/content/countycouncils.

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