With five write-in candidates in the upcoming Nov. 8 Marshalltown City Council election, it was imperative people learned the names and the key issues from the candidates.
This made Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce candidate forum even more important.
At-large write-in candidates Tim Bradbury, Leon Lamer, Tammy Lawson and Dean Stucky joined second ward write-in candidate Joel Greer and ballot candidate and fourth ward incumbent Al Hoop at the forum at the Fisher Community Center.
The candidates gave their stance on city beautification, business growth, street repairs and other issues facing the council.
Street repairs have been a priority for the council for years and many of the candidates said improving roads needs to be a continued focus. The issue of bonding for city road repairs was brought to the table. Lamer said he didn't have a problem in bonding for roads as long as there is an item in the budget to maintain the roads for the long term.
"So in 30 years we don't have to do this again," Lamer said.
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Six Marshalltown City Council election candidates took part in a public forum Tuesday at Fisher Community Center. The four at-large write-in candidates are pictured, from left, Tim Bradbury, Leon Lamer, Tammy Lawson and Dean Stucky. Also speaking were write-in second ward candidate Joel Greer and ballot fourth ward candidate Al Hoop.
Stucky also feels there must be money set aside to do road repairs each year.
"There's so much repair that has to be done, it's almost mind boggling," Stucky said.
Lawson said a study showed that more than half of the city streets are in fair to poor condition and bonding for improvements could be the answer.
"I'm not a huge fan of bonding, but there's not very many avenues we can take at this point," Lawson said.
The candidates spent several minutes talking about their ideas to improve Marshalltown's appearance to attract visitors, new residents and businesses. Greer would like to see city codes enforced better and said he has the city nuisance officer on speed dial.
"We have some city codes on the books that aren't being enforced as much as they can be," he said.
Hoop was one of several candidates in favor of offering incentives to bring more business into town.
"We need to do what we can to bring business in," he said.
Bradbury said the council needs to continue to look at growth and can focus more on smaller businesses to accomplish that.
"I really love this town and want to do everything I can to see it grow," Bradbury said.
Bradbury, Lamer, Lawson and Stucky are running for one open at-large seat; Greer is running for a second ward seat which will have Cinderella Mayer on the ballot, who has since withdrawn; and Hoop is running unopposed for the fourth ward.