Faas challenges Deutsch in Evansdale mayor's race [Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, Iowa]
(Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (IA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 24--EVANSDALE -- Former City Council member Doug Faas will challenge incumbent Chad Deutsch in the Nov. 5 election for mayor.
Faas, who also has served two terms on the Waterloo school board and is currently the chairman of the Evansdale Planning and Zoning Commission, is semi-retired and worked in sales and marketing for more than 30 years.
Faas, 59, has lived in Evansdale for 33 years. He is married with three children.
"Our community will be my priority," he said. "I have no other obligations but to focus on being mayor."
If elected, Faas said he would like to set near-full-time hours at City Hall for the mayor and "join any organization I can find to join and promote Evansdale."
Faas said the mayor of Evansdale needs to continually promote the city.
"He needs to join every Cedar Valley organization and chat up Evansdale, tell them our plusses."
Faas said a priority for him is quality of life in Evansdale.
"All other things being equal, people consider quality of life when moving to a community," he said.
Faas said he has been working with the Evansdale Economic Development Corp. for the last four or five years to improve the quality of life in the city. The group has purchased the old Jewett School and hopes to build a community center on the site.
Deutsch, 41, is seeking a fourth two-year term as mayor. He is married with two children and owns and manages investment properties.
Deutsch said he decided to run for office again because the city is doing very well from a development standpoint, which has brought tax relief to Evansdale residents.
"Over the last six years, we have increased assessed value through new development each year," he said.
Deutsch said, with his business management background, he has brought a culture to the city of seeing taxpayers as customers and encouraging staff to provide good customer service.
"We've done a lot of positive things to affect city services," he said. "And there are still a lot of projects in the pipeline. I have the desire to want to see that through."
Deutsch said growth and expansion of residential and commercial developments and the possible expansion of the city boundaries are important issues.
"We also have a couple of major road reconstructions slated for the spring that are about 80 percent grant funded," he said. "I wouldn't feel good about stopping midstream on them. They are major deals."
Deutsch said he also is working on getting a wireless Internet provider that could cover the entire city, giving residents an option in addition to Mediacom and Century Link.
There are currently no debates or forums scheduled.
In addition to the mayor's race, there are four council seats on the ballot. All of those races are uncontested and no candidate filed in Ward 2. That seat is currently held by Jessica Miller, who was appointed to the council after longtime councilman Carl Wyant resigned in January. Miller has decided not to remain on the board. Deutsch said the council will likely have to appoint someone to fill the seat.
Gene Walker is the lone candidate for the at-large council seat, Steven Seible is running uncontested for the Ward 3 seat, and incumbent Dick DeWater is unopposed for the Ward 4 seat.
Additionally, no one has filed for the two open seats on the Parks & Recreation Board, left vacant by Jeff Dawson and Sandy Roberts.
Deutsch said it seemed odd to him that no one was interested in running for the Ward 2 council seat and that the lack of candidates for the Parks & Recreation seats was probably due to the board members withdrawing at the last minute.
Deutsch, who has had contentious races in the past, said this has been a quiet campaign.
"That's OK with me," he said. "I'm not built that way. I'm not much of a politician, I'm more of a doer."
Faas said, though things may seem quiet, there is a lot of interest among residents.
"I've been some grass roots campaigning, going door to door, talking to residents about their concerns," he said.
Evansdale, which historically has high voter turnout, saw a decrease in voters during the last election, Deutsch said.
"We just want everyone to get out and vote," he said.
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