The Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce recently announced that it will host a class for aspiring candidates for public office at Northeast Iowa Community College's (NICC) Wilder Center of Business on April 27.
The course, which will be run in partnership with NICC and Upper Exploreland, will offer prospective candidates for elected office in northeast Iowa the opportunity to present their plans to the public.
Candidates will be able to converse with the community and gain insight from people who have worked with city councils, boards of supervisors and school boards.
“Being a community leader as an elected official is one of the most important jobs a person can hold,” Kristina Wiltgen, executive director of the Decorah Chamber, said. “There are many facets to any elected position and our goal is to provide a better understanding of the job expectations before elections take place.”
The class will discuss jobs, budgeting, ethics and conflicts of interest. A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion.
“Having a council and staff that work well together is essential for a successful community," Dylan Mulfinger, Oelwein city administrator, said. "Council members need to be able to change their mind once they are provided with information. They must always ask for facts and request data in assisting in decision-making. Making decisions based off of one's gut or feelings is no longer ideal. At the end of the day the decision must be what is best for the community."
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