The seat is being vacated by Ron Wetherell, a Cleghorn Republican who served 16 years on the board.
Bindner went on to say, "I know the position will require a great deal of time and after conversing with my employer, Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital of Primghar where I serve as the Director of Nursing, they gave their approval. It will definitely be a significant committment. The hospital will grant me a great deal of flexibility so I can fulfill a dream of mine."
Bindner, who will challenge fellow Democrat Larry Prunty of Cleghorn for the post in the Primary, listed issues of major concern for her and those with whom she has spoken. Economic development heads the list. She believes in supporting both new and existing business to provide secure, well-payng jobs to keep people in Cherokee County, plus enticing young people to live and work in Cherokee County. The second concern is the need to recognize and promote all aspects of responsible agricultural production and support organizations as the basic industries in Cherokee County.
Another concern is the fiscal responsiblity and outcomes management to assure county funds are expended in ways that produce the expected results--good roads and bridges, effective law enforcement, competent mental health care, and efficient county govererment offices. She also wants to promote collaborative relationships with other entities that are mutually beneficial.
She went on to say she will bring a good deal of valuable experience to the board. For the last 12 years as Director of Nursing for Baum Harmon Mercy Hospital, Bindner has responsiblities that include 24 hour accountability for nursing care provided there, program planning and implementation, budget formulation and justiciation, particiation in Board of Trustees and Medical Staff meetings, performance management and salary adjustments and other management duties. One such program was the forming of the first Critical Access Hospital in Iowa. Previous to that, she was employed at Sioux Valley Memorial Hospital (now Cherokee Regional Medical Center) from 1969 to 1979. From 1982 to 1996 she was the Cardiac Rehabilitation Coordinator, Critical Care Manager, Patient Care coordinator and staff nurse.
Bindner's education background includes graduating from St. Joseph Mercy School of Nursing, of Sioux City, with a nursing diploma, graduating with distinction. She went onto earn a Bachelor of Arts from Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kans., graduating with great distinction in 1993. In 2006, Bindner earned a Master of Science Degree with a major in Administrative Studies at University of South Dakota at Vermillion.
Bindner has been involved in public service. She has served on Region 3 steering committee for Hospital Preparedness Program for four years and as chairman since 2006; three years on their program advisory committee; four years as a member on Iowa Organization of Nurse Leaders; nine years on Iowa Asssociation of Healthcare Quality; 13 years on Iowa Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabitation Association; six years on the O'Brien County Board of Health; O'Brien County Emergency Service Organization; Sioux Rivers Resource Conservation & Development (encompasses eight counties); Cherokee District Soil & Water Conservation commissioner for 22 years and served as chairman; Advisory Board for the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agirculture at Iowa State University; Iowa Association of Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner; Cherokee Democratic Central Committee for the last 37 years.
Bindner and her husband Tom farm south of Marcus and raised four children. They attend Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. Bindner is a member of St. Ann's Guild, has taught CCD classes, served on the Diocesan Commission of Women of Sioux City as well as a member of the board of Driectors for Catholic Charities for the Sioux City Diocese.