The process to fill four seats on the Cherokee County Extension Council has begun, says Don Avis, Cherokee County Extension Education Director.
The council, like the hundreds of other Extension councils across the country, is the grass roots governing body for the nation's Cooperative Extension System. Candidates for the council will appear on the general election ballot in November.
The first step in the nomination process is the appointment of a four-member nominating committee. The committee is charged with nominating candidates for the council, and geographic distribution of the nominees is one factor that they consider. Members of the committee included Marian Johnson, Cleghorn; Lynn Ebert, Washta; Tracy Peterson, Cherokee; and Pat Kirby, Cherokee.
The committee has nominated four Cherokee County residents for four-year terms on the county Extension Council. They include Thomas Bindner, Marcus; Chuck Clark, Cherokee; David Whited, Marcus; and Lynn Winterhof, Aurelia. All are current members of the council whose terms expire at the end of this year.
To complete the nomination process, the candidates who have agreed to run must file nominating papers with the county auditor by Aug. 27, 2008. Additionally, individuals also may be placed on the ballot through a self-nominating process by submitting a petition signed by 25 registered voters. Petition forms are available at the county auditor's office and at the Cherokee County Extension Office.
The nine-member council in Cherokee County includes the four members who are seeking reelection and five members who were elected to four-year terms in 2006 and will continue to serve until the end of 2010. They are Donna Amundson, Larrabee; David Appleby, Cherokee; Guy Fishman, Aurelia; Jack Shea, Marcus; and Brenda Werthman, Marcus.
In Iowa, Extension programming is a cooperative effort involving local citizens, Iowa State University, and the U. S. Department of Agriculture. ISU Extension has 105 field offices, providing local access to Extension programs in all 99 counties. The Extension connection with Iowa State University helps provide local research-based learning opportunities and educate people with reliable facts and processes that are based on science. Extension is dedicated to helping make Iowa a great place to live, work, and raise a family.
For more information on becoming a council member, contact the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196.