Thebodo hopes to give voice to public
David Thebodo is running as a write-in candidate to fill a vacancy, the seat currently held by Jessica Ledger-Kalen.
Thebodo said he has served on numerous local committees and that he wants to “take the next step” in serving his community.
“The public needs to feel they’re listened to,” he said. “The reason I’m here is the same as a lot of folks’. We love the community and we want to see it grow.”
Thebodo said Fairfield is full of intelligent people, and he is confident that the public will make wise decisions and it’s presented with all the facts.
His foray into politics came in 1990 when he ran for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. His major campaign issue was stopping the proposed Eldon Medical Waste Incinerator from being built near the American Gothic House.
“My campaign succeeded in bringing this issue to statewide media attention, and we lobbied for hearings against importation of medical waste from outside Iowa,” Thebodo wrote on his website. “As a result, the developers abandoned the project, legislators passed a 5-year moratorium against importation of medical waste and agreed to examine land and environmental use with environmental impact studies.”
He attended Merrimack College, where he obtained a bachelor of science degree in marketing and management. He attended the University of Massachusetts and obtained a master’s in business management. His studies include time at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he participated in the Unified Science Studies Program. He also participated in the International Market Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Thebodo’s professional experience includes owning Rail Merchants International in Fairfield, where he buys, sells and brokers used railroad equipment. He has owned other businesses in Fairfield such as Anderson Steel Company, Sweet Dreams Development Company and Zephyr Car Service. He is developing a new business called “Rail Yard Shops.”
He is on the board of directors of the Fairfield Cultural Alliance and Habitat for Humanity’s family selection committee. He has been on the board of directors of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center and the Fairfield Iowa Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Thebodo served in the military for five years and has been married to Terry Ann Haubenhofer for 25 years.