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Mongan would promote 'Open Door Policy'

Monday, October 29, 2012

Rick Mongan is a life-long citizen of Cherokee, and a 1969 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School.

Rick Mongan
He and his wife Bonnie, who is retired from her former employment at the Designing Women embroidery store, have four grown children - sons Matt 37, who lives in Cherokee and is a partner with Rick in the Mongan Painting business; Tracy 37, who lives in Cherokee and is employed by Valero Renewables in Albert City; Nate, 36, who is a Senior Adjustor in the Veterinary Division for the Hartford, and lives in Mead, Nebraska; and daughter, Tori Draper 34, who is employed as a Nurses' Aide at Countryside Estates in Cherokee.

The couple also have 14 "very active" grandchildren whom they enjoy.

Rick began painting when he was 13 years old, working with several older relatives who taught him the ins and outs of his trade.

Rick worked at HEG Painting in Cherokee for 27 years. until he and his son Matt started Mongan Painting in 2000, initially working out of their homes.

In 2007, the Mongans purchased HEG Painting. The company has now grown to include 20-30 full and part-time employees, and specializes in commercial, municipal and heavy industrial projects. They have worked in 19 states, and have employed as many as 65 people with subcontractors.

Rick is rightfully proud of his business, which is well-respected because of their work ethic and quality workmanship. The company motto is "Quality Without Compromise."

In addition to building his business and raising a family, Rick Mongan has also been very active in the Cherokee community. He has held the position of President of the Cherokee Youth Summer Ball Association (CYSBA) for the past four years, and has been active on the CYSBA Board for eight years. During his time as President of CYSBA, several improvements have been made and completed, including renovation of fields, new safety equipment, a new road exit, and upgrade of buildings and scoreboards.

Rick has also served as the president of the Cherokee Industrial Corporation for two years, and has been a board member for five years. While on this board, members have purchased, renovated and sold the former Julius Cleaners building, which has recently re-opened as a new business venture in Cherokee; worked with CAEDC to aspire to bring the Wind Energy Program to the Cherokee campus of Western Iowa Tech Community College; and worked with Quad County Corn Processors to establish their needs and work with the Iowa Department of Transportation, local banks, CN Railroad officials and the Department of Natural Resources to schedule and complete the Rail Spur/Ethanol Transload Facility project.

Mongan feels that with his successful business experience and community involvement he can help the Board provide Cherokee County taxpayers with the best possible services for their tax dollars. He feels that the supervisors could take a more active role in the county's economic development, as well as a more active relationship with the many department heads who are involved in the large and extremely diversified business of running the county.

Rick Mongan says he would have an "Open Door Policy" if he is elected, encouraging all county department directors to contact him if they have concerns, or need an explanation for - or clarification of - a decision made by the supervsiors.

In short, Mongan says if he is elected he would : Encourage his fellow supervisors to thoroughly examine the details of any proposal on which they are considering taking action; always act responsibly on fiscal matters; and become more actively involved with fellow county employees.

Mongan is very aware of the decline in population in Cherokee over the last 40-plus years, and he feels that one of the county's biggest challenges will be seeking ways to get some of the younger people who have left to return to the county by providing business and housing tax incentives when appropriate, and also promoting the attractions of Cherokee County, such as the Sanford Museum, the parks, the school systems, the youth and adult recreational opportunities, the aquatic centers in Cherokee and Marcus, the Cherokee Symphony and Community Theater, and special annual events like the Cherokee Rodeo and the Jazz and Blues Festival.

And last but certainly not least, the county's best asset - its helpful and friendly citizens, who are quite willing to volunteer whenever and wherever they are needed.

If elected, says Rick Mongan, "I will work for you to get the job done ... striving to improve Cherokee County for your family and mine."

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