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Walker seeks to serve Cherokee County

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Though Ginger Walker was born and raised on the East Coast, her heart belongs to Iowa, and more specifically, to Cherokee County.

Ginger Walker
Walker was born in Pennsylvania and received her elementary and secondary education there, before moving to nearby New Jersey to earn her Bachelor's degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Princeton University. Her first job out of college brought her to the Midwest, though, and she has pretty much been here ever since.

She first came to Iowa in 1998, and from 2003-2004, she was employed as an environmental educator in Dickinson County. This led to the opportunity to come to Cherokee, when she was hired to work for the Cherokee County Conservation Department. She served as Naturalist and Director of the Department for seven years, from 2004-2011, and during her time with the Conservation Department, she focused on modernization and a higher standard of park maintenance.

Revenue for the County parks more than tripled during this time, and anyone who has visited the County parks recently can see the park improvements engineered by Walker for themselves.

Walker left her position with the Conservation Department in 2011 to become a member of the senior management team at Pheasants Forever, Inc., and she now supervises and coaches wildlife biologists in Iowa, the Dakotas, and Minnesota from her home office in Cherokee.

Walker and her two sons have lived in Cherokee County for eight years now, living in Aurelia from 2005-2012, before moving back to Cherokee earlier this year. Her oldest son, Will Vietor, 15, is currently a sophomore at Cherokee Washington High School, and her younger son, Cole Vietor, is an 8th grader at Cherokee Middle School.

Ginger Walker has decided to run for County Supervisor because she feels that she has grown roots here in Cherokee County, adding that the landscape and the people here are dear to her.

"Of all the beautiful rural communties in the Midwest," Waker says, "I have chosen to raise and educate my two boys in Cherokee. We shop and play in Cherokee, and we love to share it with visitors. I am proud to live and work here. We have so much to offer."

In addition to her employment and spending time with her sons, Walker currently serves as the Secretary of the Cherokee County Pheasants Forever Chapter; is lead instructor for the Cherokee Hunter Education Team; Assistant Commissioner for the Cherokee County Soil and Water Conservation District; a board member of the Iowa Prairie Heritage Network; and is active with the Cross Ridge Evangelical Free Church in Holstein.

She feels that she has a solid understanding of County government, gained during her time with the Conservation Department. She also feels that she demonstrated her philosophy of conservative spending, strategic planned growth, and the value of excellent community service as a county employee in the past, and she plans to continue to act on these principles if she is elected to serve as a Cherokee County Supervisor. She is running as a Republican.

Walker says that if she is elected, she will "provide firm, fair and consistent leadership to County employees, critically measure every risk to County taxpayers, deal fairly and supportively with the County's business community, and correspond openly with all of the fine communities and leaders throughout Cherokee County."

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