Bush has decided that the time has now come to throw his hat in the ring, and he will be on the Republican ballot on November 6 to represent the Second District on the County Board of Supervisors for a four-year term.
Bush is a lifelong resident of the county who attended the Maryhill school and graduated from what was then Meriden-Cleghorn High School. He and his wife Deb then "started from scratch" to build up a successful farming business south of Cleghorn. He was involved in a farrow-to-finish hog operation for 35 years, and was named a Master Pork Producer in 1983, but he has now left that end of the business to concentrate on raising corn and soybeans.
Deb Bush is a retired social worker, and their two grown sons - Nathan, 38, and Randy, 36 - both live and work in Cherokee County.
Through the years, Dennis Bush, who was a Non Commissioned Officer in the Marine Corps, has been involved in many community, school and church activities - serving on many parish council positions in the Maryhill Church, serving on the Pork Producers Board for several years, including terms as President and Board Secretary, Chairman of the Little Sioux Spokefolks for seven years, and serving as a member of the first School Board in the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn School District.
He feels that the experience he gained through these activities will help him bring a strong discipline of leadership to the Cherokee County Board of Supervisors if he is elected. Bush said that he and his wife also worked extensively in past years to help bring the State's Open Enrollment Policy into being, and that because of that experience, he feels he has a better understanding of State Government now, which would come in handy as a County Supervisor.
Bush feels he would bring "good business sense" to the Board, having run a successful farming operation for more than three decades. He says that he is "keen" on benchmarking, thorough analysis and communication.
He would like to see more open discussion on important issues at Board meetings, and would also encourage more active communication between the Supervisors and other county employees.
Bush feels that the greatest assets of Cherokee County are its people and schools, and he feels that these assets should be highlighted in any attempts to bring new business to Cherokee County.