Members of the Pleasantville community had the chance to meet candidates running for city council on Oct. 28.

Meet the Candidates night was put on by the Pleasantville Chamber of Commerce at the Webb Shadle Memorial Library. Community members in attendance had the chance to ask candidates questions and speak with them one-on-one.

The event included both the mayoral candidate and city council candidates. Steve Marsh is running uncontested for the position of mayor. City council candidates include Carol Allen, Kody Jurgens, Kyle Patterson and write-in candidate Jason Bingham. Pleasantville has three city council seats available this election cycle.

Candidates were asked questions about their motivations for running, their plans for using money as part of the lost option sales tax, their knowledge on the city’s budget, and their background and views on grant writing.

A lifelong Pleasantville resident, Steve Marsh is running for mayor in hopes of keeping continuity in the position. He has served on the city council for the past four years and plans to use his experience as guidance in the role of mayor.

Carol Allen moved to Pleasantville six years ago and currently works at Potthoff Foods in Des Moines. She is running for city council to ensure every citizen has a voice and is accurately represented. Allen stresses that she will consistently vote based on the what community wants, rather than her personal beliefs.

Kody Jurgens also moved to Pleasantville six years ago. He believes that Pleasantville is a growing community and that it will continue to grow in the right direction with some of his ideas, as well as community input. Jurgens says he plans to prioritize the wants and needs of the community, and work towards accomplishing the needs first.

Kyle Patterson is a Pleasantville native. He has been active in the community and plans to call Pleasantville home for may years. Patterson says he is invested in the community’s future and growth. He wants to be on the city council because he is committed to the growth and success of Pleasantville.

Write-in candidate Jason Bingham has been a Pleasantville resident for the past 10 years. He currently works at Pella Corporation as a Production Manager II, and is also a volunteer firefighter and Peace Officer in Pleasantville. Although Bingham’s name does not appear on the ballot, he says he wanted to provide Pleasantville citizens with a choice in this election.

The upcoming election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Emma Skahill can be reached at eskahill@journalexpress.net or by calling the newsroom at 641-842-2155.

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