CLEGHORN - After neighbors encouraged Larry Prunty to enter the race for Cherokee County Supervisor, he finally decided to give it a try.
He is seeking the Democrat nomination for the District 2 supervisor's seat and will face fellow Democrat Linda Bindner of Marcus in the June primary. That winner will challenge Republican candidate Darrell Downs of Marcus for the District 2 post being vacated by Ron Wetherell of Cleghorn, who has served in that capacity for the past 16 years.
Prunty is a supporter of ethanol and biodiesel as it provides value-added products for farmers. He believes both bio-fuels have added great things to our economy and brings forth new jobs.
Prunty has resided on the same farm all of his life, with the exception being the time he served his country. After graduating from the Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 1965, he went to work for Wilson and Company in Cherokee. In a couple of years he joined the U.S. Army and later was sent to Vietnam.
He readily admits he is on the shy side but he also recognizes the fact that he is a hard worker always wanting to succeed.
After serving his time in Vietnam, he returned home to go back to work for Wilson's. He has remained there under the changes of ownership of the plant. If elected to serve his constituents, he will retire from Tysons as he said he will be on top of the supervisor position at all times.
"As a supervisor, I will want to be involved in prioritizing spending. I have been approached by several interested people wanting to know if I need a new road map or bridge by my farm. I don't need either but I do feel we need to maintain the roads we presently have," said Prunty.
"At this time of declining economy, it is important to consider every situation carefully. I also believe that county government spending is an important issue and needs to be re-evaluated periodically, We need to attract more businesses into Cherokee County but we also need to encourage present businesses to stay strong. Keeping the employment we now have should be a top priority."
Prunty is a land-owner and served his country at a time of war. He has worked in the county for 42 years in Cherokee in the food industry and in farming. He belongs to the American Legion and Local Union 177. He supports the Boys and Girls Home of Omaha and Disable Veterans.
"I know this would be a huge commitment of my time. Every new endeavor takes time to learn the ropes but we all have to start somewhere," explained Prunty. "It will be my first public office but I'm ready for the challenge it will bring. If elected, I will work to my best ability to serve the people of District 2 and all of Cherokee County fairly."
Prunty is not married but has extended family around the area.