Jimmy Carter is running for re-election to the Oskaloosa City Council because he has a strong desire to make a difference in the community he loves so much.

Carter, 58, is running for an at-large seat on the City Council against fellow incumbent Kelly Minter and newcomers Janet VanDerBeek and Lori Smith.

“I have always been encouraged to run for this office by citizens, but truthfully, I’ve never been talked into running — I’ve always had a sincere desire to serve,” Carter said.

Carter says there are a number of challenges facing the city of Oskaloosa.

“Right now, would be the regional airport issue: Do we need to relocate our airport or not?” he said. “As most people might know, I have never supported the regional airport concept.”

Another challenge is high property taxes.

“At this time, Oskaloosa is one of the highest-taxed communities of our size and we need this changed, to get us lowered to the bottom of this list,” he said. “We can do this with a council that is fiscally responsible for the taxpayer’s dollar.”

Recreation is another issue the city faces.

“This will be both exciting and challenging in the years to come,” he said. “We must plan in such a way that we are financially responsible and work within the budget that the taxpayers can afford.”

Carter believes the council needs to act on an ordinance that addresses usage of the recreation trail.

“It’s going to be impossible to please everyone, but hopefully, we’ll establish an ordinance that the community can work with,” he said.

If re-elected, Carter says the council needs to take action on the downtown building on High Avenue West that had burned this summer. Many issues need to be resolved and an ordinance developed to deal with any future fire in the downtown business district, he said.

Carter is an Oskaloosa native who graduated from Oskaloosa Senior High School in 1966. He is the owner of Carter’s International, manufacturer of material handling equipment for rock, coal, sand and gravel, as well as business and rental properties and farm ground. He and his wife, Rebecca, have two children and six grandchildren.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com

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