Mark Beardmore
Mark Beardmore
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Carroll County Supervisor Mark Beardmore Wednesday evening announced his re-election bid for the District 5 seat he’s held for one, four-year term.

Beardmore, 53, a Republican, is currently serving as chairman of the Board of Supervisors. He represents the northeast section of Carroll.

“For me, it feels like halftime,” Beardmore said. “Although I learned a lot in my first term, I think I’m just now hitting my stride. I set several goals to accomplish, and one more term will provide for that.”

Beardmore calls himself a fiscal conservative.

 “I always primarily consider what is best for the taxpayer,” Beardmore said. “They are who I work for.”

Beardmore said he considered running for the State Senate following Lake View GOP State Sen. Steve Kettering’s decision not to run in a new western Iowa district that includes Carroll, Audubon, Sac, Buena Vista counties and part of Crawford County.

 “It is not the right time for me personally,” Beardmore said. “I am honored to be considered for the job, but I’m needed closer to home right now. And there has been just as many supporters ask that I stay one more term as supervisor.”

No Republicans have announced their intention to run for the Senate seat at this point. Mary Bruner, a Carroll Democrat, is the only candidate formally in the race for that seat.

Beardmore, the business manager at Wittrock Motors in Carroll, is the father of two daughters. Megan, 18, is attending the University of Iowa. Emily, 17, is a junior at Carroll High. His wife Pam is the human resources administrator for Carroll Coolers Inc. Beardmore’s mother, “Cookie,” resides near them in Carroll.

Beardmore cited fiscal restraint as a key accomplishment over the past four years.

The countywide property-tax rate dropped from $6.06 per $1,000 taxable valuation in fiscal year 2010 to $5.05 this fiscal year, according to Carroll County Auditor Joan Schettler. That rate is expected to decrease to $4.53 per $1,000 taxable valuation for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Total property taxes levied in Carroll County went down from $6,333,334 in fiscal year 2010 to an expected figure of $6,171,612 in the next fiscal year.

The total taxable valuation in the county jumped $88 million from fiscal years 2012 to 2013.

The board also has worked to increase communications with the public, Beardmore said, citing the weekly County Corner columns in The Daily Times Herald as an example.

Beardmore is not the only supervisor up for election in 2012.

Republican Neil Bock, Disrict 1, and Democrat Gene Meiners, District 3, are also up for re-election.

“I know they have both taken out papers so I think it is safe to say they’re running again,” Schettler said.

Bock and Meiners were at an event today at the Capitol in Des Moines.

The salary for a member of the Board of Supervisors is $27,327 in the next fiscal year.

Schettler is also seeking re-election, and Sheriff Doug Bass is up for re-election in 2012.

The filing period for county offices is from March 5 to 5 p.m. March 28.

The primaries are June 5 with the general election Nov. 6.