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McKinney, Welch to seek council seats

Both vie for seats in November election

September 4, 2013
The Daily Freeman Journal

Two Webster City men have announced their intentions to seek seats on the Webster City City Council in the November general election.

Matt McKinney, a long-term resident of Webster City, announced today his intention to seek a seat on the Webster City City Council in the upcoming November election.

McKinney was born and raised in Webster City. According to McKinney, running for the City Council is an opportunity for him to give back to the community. He said he wants to see Webster City thrive and to grow.

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Matt McKinney

Webster City has a lot to offer, according to McKinney, and the community should strive to celebrate those things that we have to be proud of. The new competition gym at the high school, the new hospital, the additions to Fareway and Hy-Vee, and the future new Webster City Federal Savings Bank are just a few examples of growth in Webster City that we should celebrate as successes. If elected to the City Council, he said he will do his best to represent the citizens of this community with integrity and honesty and to work with the other City Council members to continue to make the community a great place to work and live.

McKinney and his wife moved from Webster City to Ankeny in 1994 for him to pursue training and a career in healthcare in the radiology field. "When an opportunity arose in 2001 to come back, my wife and I moved back to Webster City because we wanted to raise our family here. We both grew up in Webster City, so to us, we were moving back home," McKinney stated.

McKinney is the Director of the Radiology Department at Van Diest Medical Center. He has worked in that capacity since 2002. He has served on the board of directors of the local Free Clinic over the past few years. Matt and his wife, Misty, have two children, one in middle school, and one in elementary school. McKinney has a Bachelor's degree in Healthcare Management from Bellevue University in Nebraska, and is working on completing his Masters degree in Healthcare Administration (MHA) at Des Moines University.

Logan Welch, resident of Webster City, has announced his intention to run for the Webster City City Council in the upcoming November election. Welch ran for City Council four years ago, and said new ideas should be brought to the council.

"It is my belief the city council should be asking far more questions and seeking multiple options before voting or moving on issues effecting the people of Webster City who they represent," Welch said.

Currently serving on the Webster City Civil Services Commission, Welch said he takes pride in the level of protection and service our fire and police departments provide. However, there is always room to grow and develop. Safety is the first of four pillars that Welch wants to build on in Webster City. The second is community. Welch has been a coach and volunteer within our community and looks for opportunities to serve.

"I want to share my enthusiasm of volunteering with our community members and encourage the youth of our town to volunteer regularly through city clean-ups and food drives," Welch said.

The third pillar for Welch is opportunity. He said Webster City has seen several setbacks in the form of lost jobs and struggling business over the last few years. Welch said the role he fills at his employer is to develop new business, grow opportunity, and promote my company. He intends on doing the same for Webster City as a Councilman.

The fourth pillar is affordability. He said the community's offerings need to be obtainable to all income classes and still provide enough revenue to support growing our safety, our community and our opportunities.

"It will be a fine balance of finances but I am confident it can be achieved with the right questions asked and the correct actions taken," Welch said.

A 1998 graduate of Webster City High School and a 2000 graduate from Iowa Central Community College with an Applied Sciences Degree in Industrial Electricity, Welch resides in Webster City and works as the Corporate Business Development Manager at Ramco Innovations in West Des Moines.

 
 

 

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