In an effort to keep Dysart voters informed, we are pleased to present the following biographies written by this year's candidates for city council.
All nominees were offered a chance to include whatever information they feel provides a good look at their accomplishments and merits for voters to make an informed choice,
In addition to the candidates that follow, Bret Hennessy is also running to retain his seat in this year's council election.
Al C. Schafbuch
I moved to the Dysart community in 1963 with my folks and have farmed east of Dysart, with this community as my home.
I was privileged to be part of the Dysart Jaycees group that restarted the annual July 4th celebration in Dysart. Continue to serve on my church trustee's board and other committes. Then in the farm crisis of the 80's I was on the Tama Benton Coop board and tried to keep the Rail Road from abandoning the tracks. Now the rail bed is a bike trail for all to use.
Serving on the Benton Co. Extension Council to help 4H kids and farmers was great experience, along with the Benton Co. Cattlemen Association when I received Cattle Feeder of the Year.
I was asked to be on the Benton Co. Farm Bureau Board and found Farm Bureau a very caring family of farmers that want to make all of Iowa a better place to live. Being a voting delegate helped me to broaden my view of the USA and my part of making it better. In 1992 Ruth and I started to use no-till to stop erosion of soil and nutrients from leaving my farm. Received Iowa Soil Conservation District award in 2000. Was elected as a Resource Enhancement and Protection REAP delegate for all but first year. The Dysart Museum used REAP grants for several projects.
Five years ago when slowing down the farming operation, Ruth and I moved to Dysart and became a city farmer. We were asked to be on the Dysart tree board, not knowing a Durango wind would require us to mark trees for loose limbs and some to be cut down. Having been all over the city measuring stumps to get money from FEMA I found this town to have great people.
Now having sold my farm equipment, I would like to bring my life experiences to help Dysart prosper and grow.
I've been fortunate to work and serve with great mayors and council members that always have placed the betterment of Dysart first. These were leaders of the community from whom I've been fortunate to learn from their example.
I started my council experience in 2006, as part of Denny Wieben's council. Under Mayor Wieben's leadership, we worked together to upgrade Main Street. In 2010, as part of Don Lyon's council, we dealt with one of the worst wind storms ever to hit Dysart. Under Mayor Lyon's leadership, the entire city pulled together to clean up and repair our fine city. Currently, I serve with Mayor Pam Thiele, who has an excellent vision for our community including our Talmage Street project and Community Building renovation. I've been Mayor Pro Tem for Mayor Lyons and Mayor Thiele.
Wherever I am and mention I'm from Dysart, people comment on the success and zeal of our Main Street businesses and how Dysart is such a nice community. I meet a lot of people throughout Iowa, in my job as the Medical Services Manager for Martin Bros. Dist., and it amazes me how many people know about Dysart. My wife and I did not grow up in Dysart, but we have now called it home for 16 years. Cara and I have three children; Jace, 14, Samantha, 11, and Reagan, 6. This community has been a wonderful place to raise our family, teaching them small town Iowa values and good citizenship.
I believe in a common sense approach to city government and being a good steward, of the city's finances while improving and modernizing the city's infrastructure, equipment, parks and buildings. I would appreciate your continued support and look forward to working for the city of Dysart.
Tom Brandt (age 56), married to wife Pam for 27 years, four children: Lacey, 24, Emily, 23, Will, 21, and Dillon, 18.
Have lived in Dysart for 16 years at 602 State Street.
Current vocation: Rural Carrier for U.S. Postal Service for 5 years; substitute carrier for 12 years.
Graduate of Dysart-Geneseo Community Schools in 1975.
Graduate of Hawkeye Institute of Technology: Farm Operations and Management, 1977, Associate's Degree.
Farmed for 20 years in Bruce Township, Benton County, Iowa.
Organizations involved with:
City Council for 4 years
Dysart Fire Department for 15 years
Dysart Development Corporation for 4 years
Dysart Beautification Committee member for 2 years
Tama County Economic Development Commission for 4 years
Lifelong member of Dysart United Methodist Church (former Methodist)
Church choir member for 40 years
Current church council chairperson
Current Dysart United Methodist youth coordinator (Youth Leader for 11 years)
Dysart Country Club member for 38 years
I am running for my second 4-year term on the City Council. I feel that it takes one term just to learn how things work in city government. I also feel that our present city council is an excellent group of fiscally responsible individuals. We might differ on the various issues that come before us, but after we have reached a majority decision, we stand as one. Our current Mayor, Pam Thiele, and City Clerk Roxanne Schneider serve this community very well in their capacities. It is indeed my honor and privilege to serve Dysart as one of its duly elected council people. I anxiously look forward to an opportunity to serve a second term if elected. Thank you.