CENTERVILLE — 1. What is your background?: Job(s), family, education, expertise, qualifications, etc.: My name is Edwin Brand and I’m asking for your support and your vote for Centerville City Council. Some of my favorite memories are from my childhood here in Centerville – including pulling my little red Radio Flyer wagon around Tall Paul Johnson Field (way back in first grade). In high school, I was fortunate enough to work at the radio stations here in Centerville – 98.7 KMGO and 1400 KCOG (we’ve also added 105.3 KEDB since those days). My broadcast resume includes news reporting at 1040 WHO in Des Moines and now ownership of the radio stations here in Centerville. My educational background includes an Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills (Go Warriors!), Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. This year, on the Fourth of July, my Irish heritage prevailed and I was lucky enough to become engaged to the prettiest lass I know – Melissa Flattery. We’re both excited and busy with planning a spring wedding.
2. Why should people vote for you?: I believe in the determination and the will of the people of Centerville. As a councilman and elected official, I feel it is of the utmost importance to listen to the thoughts and concerns of all citizens. Even if we don’t always agree, everyone’s opinion is important and deserves consideration. I truly believe that we all want Centerville to prosper and grow for generations to come. I promise to do my best to further all efforts which support this cause.
3. What do you hope to accomplish if you are (re) elected?: Our citizens know times are tough and it is harder than ever to make ends meet. I’m a constant promoter of the good and positive things that happen right here in Centerville. I fully intend to continue supporting local causes and organizations (both personally and with my radio stations) that do their best to help our town grow. I’ve donated promotional advertising from the radio stations to help raise funds for the Appanoose County Conservation Board, the 18-80 Club, the Betterment or Bust Group, the Appanoose County Historical Society, the Centerville Concert Association and many more local charities and organizations. These groups and volunteers play a vital role in making Centerville the special place that we all are proud of.
4. What are some of the main issues facing the community and where do you stand on them?: An important issue in Centerville that has recently been addressed is the passing of Centerville’s SUDAS standards, which dictate whether or not citizens can park vehicles in their own yards. I voted no to the passing of this ordinance, essentially because we already have nuisance laws in place that deal with this issue. I don’t support any further legislation that encroaches on the personal property rights of citizens. I’m also for keeping Centerville’s water board independent. To me, it makes good sense to have an independent board outside the political arena of the city to handle water rates and billing issues. The folks on this board volunteer their time and try to do what’s best for Centerville.