"Cherokee County is a good place to live. We have good people with a solid work ethic, good natural resources and good community services. It is essential that we continue to support all three elements of the community in order to maintain the quality of life we expect and enjoy," Bakker stated.
He said he would like to see what can be done to maximize existing resources and limited financial resources in the county. He sees the economy as the biggest challenge facing Cherokee County.
Bakker said that his time operating a business has helped him to understand the economics involved in the responsible use of public funds. "You can't spend money unless you have it," Bakker said.
Bakker is a rural Cherokee resident, running for the District 1 seat currently held by Dean Schmidt of rural Meriden. Bakker and Schmidt are both Democrats seeking the party's nomination in the June 3 primary. No one is on the ballot for the Republican nomination for the District one seat.
Bakker is a Washington High School graduate who has lived in Cherokee most of his life.
Following high school, Bakker entered the U.S. Army, was trained as a medical corpsman and served 13 months in Vietnam as a combat medic.
Following service, he took some courses through Northwest Iowa Community College and enlisted for a period of time in the Army Reserve.
Bakker spent two years in construction work, 15 years with Wilson's Foods, 15 years with Hy-Vee Warehouse and currently is owner and operator of Little Sioux Laser, now focused on tributes to veterans and military personnel, with plans to do contract work for public entities.
In 1978, he built the house he and his wife, Susan, live in. They have been married for 33 years. She has been employed at the Mental Health Institute since 1975, currently as Director of Developmental Services and Social Work Administrator.
"We both come from large families and place a high priority on family life and activities," Bakker said.
Mick Bakker is a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion