Richard Young elected Washington County supervisor
WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – When Richard Young went to the Washington County Republican Central Committee’s caucus to find a candidate for the vacated District 5 supervisor’s seat, he said that he went without having anyone to nominate him.
Having been approached by people from the community about running for the position, Young had gotten a petition signed to run for the office. When he attended the GOP caucus, he said that he had gone just to go to the meeting. He said that someone from the floor nominated him. Without campaigning much for the office, he said that he was surprised that he won the seat with double the votes of the next closest candidate in the six-candidate election.
“I was surprised with that many candidates running,” he said. “I thought it would be a lot closer.”
According to the unofficial results released by the Washington County Auditor’s Office Tuesday evening, Young received 129 votes. Independent candidate Merle Hagie received 65 votes; Independent candidate Jerry King received 62 votes; Democrat candidate Terry Philips received 61 votes; Independent candidate Allen Fuhr received 45 votes; and Independent candidate Randy Payne received 26 votes. The results said that of 2,944 registered voters in the district, 390, or 13.25 percent, voted.
The special election was to fill the remainder of the term vacated by former supervisor Ron Bennett, who resigned earlier this year. The seat will be up for election again next year. Young said that he would leave it up to the people whether he will seek another term. He said that he had talked to Bennett prior to running for the seat about what duties he would have.
“I don’t think anyone really knows what to expect until you get into that office,” Young said.
Young said that he feels being a good listener will be a trait that will serve him well in the new position. He said that he plans to listen to the people and not just have one agenda. He hopes to listen to all sides of issues to make decisions that will benefit the county as a whole.
With major issues of mental health and a possible increase of gas tax coming from the state, Young said these will be issues the board will have to address. He said that he didn’t know what the board would be able to do until seeing what state mandates are made on the issues. He also said that he wants to address job creation during his time in office.
To prepare for the position, he plans to visit with the other supervisors and study many of the issues that are going on in the county.
As the director of the Washington County Ambulance Service, Young said that he plans to abstain from any vote that would deal with the service. He said that he has very good employees working for the service and doesn’t believe there will be any kind of conflict.
“The paramedics and EMTs who work here are very good,” he said. “I just do the management part here.”