Schmidt is challenged in the Democrat primary in June by Mick Bakker of Cherokee.
"I have learned a lot by serving as the vice-chair of the board, and I've chaired the Cherokee County Enterprise Zone Board, served on the Mid-Sioux Board, the Mental Health Advisory board, served on the Council of Mayors and County Fairs," said Schmidt. "All of this brings out facts and needs, as well as information about their needs and goals. All of these experiences made me a better supervisor," said Schmidt.
Schmidt is a lifelong resident of Cherokee County and lives with his wife, Donna, on the family farm which is a century farm. He graduated from Meriden-Cleghorn High School in 1963 and then went into the Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran. Upon his return from service, he worked for Mogensen Construction and began farming in 1978. The couple have been married for 39 years and have two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
Schmidt said, "My roots are here. After farming for 30 years, I think I understand the concerns of farmers of this county. Having chaired the zoning board, I have worked with most groups in Cherokee County and know their needs. Supervisors need to provide incentives for locally owned businesses which keeps the economic activity and tax dollars in our communities.
"We need to be on top of issues that challenge the success of present business owners whether it be the purchase of land, taxes or other trade issues. We need to encourage farmers to be good stewards of their land and protect natural resources. We certainly need to encourage businesses that provide their employees with good living wages. "
Schmidt believes that rural voters working together can make a difference. He is the only farmer on the Board of Supervisors. As such, Schmidt wants to lead with conservative spending so as not to cut essential services and to better inform the public of the Board's decisions and seek more input from county taxpayers.
"Various leadership roles have allowed me to work with people of different interests to enable me to seek successful solutions for the county. I would appreciate everyone's support," said Schmidt.