La Porte City voters will go to the polls on November 3rd to elect three members to serve four year terms on the City Council. The Progress Review invited each declared candidate to share their reasons for seeking office. Their responses are printed below.

Kristi Harrill

Age: 48

Family: Married

Occupation: Legal Assistant – Peter Gartelos Law Office

Other Information:
Graduated from La Porte City High School in 1985, Graduated from Hawkeye Institute of Technology in 1986 from the Medical Secretary Program, Employed in the legal field since 1996 and with current employer since 2005, La Porte City Soccer Board since 2011 having served three seasons as the Fields Director/Secretary and currently in second season as the Registrar/Secretary/Treasurer

Why are you seeking to serve on the City Council?

I am at a place in my personal and professional life where I am able to dedicate the appropriate amount of time to the duties associated with being a member of the City Council.
My parents came to La Porte City in 1965 when my Dad was offered a job at John Deere. I have lived in La Porte City my entire life and cannot imagine living or raising my kids anywhere else. I would like to be involved in keeping this tradition and feeling alive for our community’s future generations.
I would consider it an honor to be a member of the City Council. I believe the purpose of the City Council is to serve the citizens of their community, not each other or the other way around, and I look forward to being given that opportunity.

Mike Johnson

Family: 3 sons
Occupation: Operations Manager, La Porte City Utilities

Other Information:
Current La Porte City Council member

David Williams

Age: 44

Family: Ann Williams, mother

Occupation: E-Merchandise for Goodwill

Other Information:
BA in IT Management, Commander of the American Legion

Why are you seeking to serve on the City Council?

I have been a lifelong resident of La Porte City. I served my country for 10 years in the United States Army. I am the current Commander of the American Legion. Now I have a desire to serve my community as a council member. My father served for many years on the City Council. I believe that our city has a lot to offer and I would like to be a part of the future of it. I think we should do whatever we can to encourage any businesses that we can get to come to the city, as growth is the future. We have places for new homes to be built and would like to see that addition full. We have some areas in town that need to be cleaned up which will make our city more inviting. The city offers great services to the community and we need to maintain those. I don’t have all the answers but would work hard to do what I could to make our fine community even better. I understand that it’s going to take a lot of learning and listening and I have the desire for that.