Leffler, Dencklau to run for re-election

Webster County supervisors Keith Dencklau and Merrill Leffler, both Republicans, will seek re-election this year.

Dencklau has been on the board 12 years, and represents District 1, the northeast part of the county.

This will be Leffler’s sixth year on the board. He represents District 4, which is primarily the west and northwest parts of Fort Dodge.

“My main priority is working with the city and the county on our OHV park, on trails and the ag park — keeping the ag park going,” Dencklau said. “We have a lot going on there. I’d like to continue working on that.”

Dencklau is president of the Iowa Drainage District Association, and also sits on the five watershed management authority boards to protect the county’s drainage.

“Keith’s our farmer on the board,” Leffler said.

“I’m the retired farmer on the board, watching out for farmers in the whole county, not just my district,” Dencklau said. “If there’s a drainage issue I usually go look at it. Merrill takes care of the in-town.”

Dencklau also inspects manure management plan updates.

“When I started, trails weren’t important to me. I’ve done a complete 180 on trails,” Dencklau said, saying outdoor recreation is important to bringing industry to the region. “I would like to see a trail in my district before I retire.”

Leffler has owned businesses in the area throughout the years, including a real estate business for more than 30 years, and more recently Lefti’s Bar and Grill. He sold the restaurant shortly after he first became a supervisor to focus on the county full time.

Leffler said he has several priorities for the coming years.

“My main priority is to continue the aggressive budget process that we implemented when I was first elected,” Leffler said. “We work with department heads to go over every line in the budget. We strive to give the people the best service at the least cost to the taxpayer.”

His second priority is to continue the long-range capital plan that he started, Leffler said.

“Over the past five years we have been able to complete many projects without the use of property tax dollars,” he said. “Some of the major projects completed are a new road at Kennedy Park, new parking at the DHS building, purchase and redo of Camp Wanoki, and finishing the remodel of the LEC building.

“My third priority is to get a new hazmat truck. As chairman of the Hazmat Foundation I will be leading the fundraising campaign to purchase a new truck for our hazmat team.”

Candidates can begin filing to run as of March 5, with a deadline of March 28, Webster County Auditor Doreen Pliner said.