Drefke eyes County Board
In the June 2 Primary Election, Republicans Don Drefke of Marcus and Bryan Petersen of Cleghorn face off for the District 2 Cherokee County Board of Supervisors post, and Democrat Linda Bindner of Marcus awaits that winner in the Nov. 3 General Election.
Incumbent Republicans Rick Mongan and Duane Mummert are running unopposed, and Wane Miller and Gary Lundqust terms are not up for election.
Don Drefke and his wife Jan live in Marcus. He was born and raised in Cherokee County and grew up on a farm south of Marcus. Don graduated from Marcus High School, attended Wayne State College and received a degree in Mortuary Science from Dallas, TX Mortuary School.
Drefke also was a member of the 185th IA Air National Guard where he served for 35 years - 15 years part-time and 20 years full time. Drefke feels his experience as a Fuels Supervisor in the Guard will be beneficial as a County Supervisor.
Don is a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Marcus, is a commissioner on the Veterans Affairs Board and Commander of American Legion Post 517 in Marcus.
“I would like to be your Supervisor to keep Cherokee County a forward and progressive County in the areas of education and infrastructure,” said Drefke. “If elected, I will work closely with other Supervisors to keep Cherokee County on a forward and progressive path.”
After mortuary school, Don assisted Roethler Funeral Home part-time while working at Moorman’s. In 1986 he started full time with the IA National Guard - he commuted to Sioux City and over the years was deployed to Spain, Korea, Diego Garcia, Belgium, Curacao and other destinations he was assigned to during his exemplary service. He retired from the Iowa Air National Guard in 2005.
Currently, he helps Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home part time and enjoys mowing and golfing. Don and Jan have one daughter who is an active member of the IA Air Guard. Jan is a retired MMC School teacher.