Ottumwa voters get one last chance to hear from city council candidates

The candidates running for city council in Ottumwa are Holly Berg, Matt Dalbey, Joe Denton, Adam Lunt and Skip Stevens. Ashley Noreuil withdrew her name from the race./KTVO.

The League of Women Voters of Ottumwa held a candidate forum Thursday night to give voters one last insight into the candidates running for city council and mayor, before they hit the polls in two weeks.

There are six candidates running for city council. They are Holly Berg, Matt Dalbey, Joe Denton, Adam Lunt, Skip Stevens and Ashley Noreuil. But, Noreuil recently announced she is withdrawing from the race to serve military duty, leaving voters with five candidates to choose from.

KTVO caught up with a few Ottumwa residents at the forum. We asked them what they are looking for in a city council candidate. Here’s what they said:

“Someone who’s more open about the issues we have in our community and to be more about the community and helping us. And, to make a better bridge between us and the mayor and everything else, so we can get the funds and things we need in the community that help to grow better as a community. And, to help more with small businesses that are here now that are thriving in this community. And, for everybody to have an open opinion about everything that’s here,” said resident Darrin Hill.
“We want city council members who will stand up for working families, not just for the chamber of commerce people here in town,” said UAW Local 74 President Chris Laursen.

“I’m just looking for someone who’s actually interest in the community as a whole, and would like for them to be forthright and transparent,” said resident Billy Young.

There are also two candidates running for mayor,Tom Lazio and Robert LaPoint. The election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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