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October 30, 2012

Budget is concern to some candidates

Five candidates are running for county council at large.

— Five Cass County residents – three Republicans and two Democrats – are vying for three vacant Cass County Council seats in next week's election.

The seats are currently being served by incumbents George Stebbins and Jeff LeDonne, who are Republicans both seeking re-election, and Ralph Anderson, who is running unopposed as a Republican for a county commissioner’s seat.
Stebbins, LeDonne and newcomer Stacey Donato, also a Republican, will be battling for the three seats with Democrats Scott Peattie and Terry Homburg.
Peattie said he decided to seek a Cass County Council at-large seat because he felt decisions made by the council had not been in the best interest of the citizens. He said that the budget is one of the top issues that needs to be addressed.
Peattie said he wouldn’t have given the Cass County Fire District No. 1 a 10-year, interest-free loan of $200,000, which council members, including Stebbins and LeDonne, approved this spring. Peattie said they should have to pay some interest.
LeDonne agreed that the budget is an issue. 
“The budget is a major concern right now,” he said. “We are hoping we don’t have to cut any more.” 
LeDonne, a farmer who grew up in Cass County, said he is the right candidate because he is easy going, conservative and enjoys working with others. 
Stebbins talked about the county’s financial difficulty. He said substantial cuts were made last year and 18 positions were eliminated.
Stebbins, the current president of the council, said he has experience and knowledge of issues from going to meetings and seeing what is going on. He also said his small business experience, through part ownership of Stebbins Enterprises, Inc., and East Main Mini Storage, is helpful. He said the council needs to work to bring in more businesses to help strengthen the county’s tax base.

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