Clay Haley
Clay Haley
September 17, 2013



A competitive race is shaping up in Carroll's 3rd Ward with Dan Longnecker and Clay Haley expected to file nomination papers this week.

In interviews this morning, both men said they were well on their way to completing the paperwork to establish themselves as candidates for the four-year term serving a ward currently represented by Councilman Mike Eifler, a four-term incumbent who is not seeking re-election.

Haley, 35, 523 Summit Drive, is president of Haley Equipment, which has locations in Carroll, Wall Lake and Rockwell City. He is a recent former Carroll Rotary Club president.

"I feel that I can get along well with a lot of people in the community," Haley said.

A graduate of Buena Vista University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in management with concentrations in communications and marketing, Haley said he brings business experience to his candidacy.

"I'm running because I want to help grow the Carroll community," Haley said.

A native of Carroll, Haley grew up in Wall Lake. He is engaged to Debra Lyons of Carroll. Haley has a 2-year-old son, Jackson.

Haley also serves on the Iowa-Nebraska Equipment Dealers Association Board.

"That affiliation has helped me to learn the inner workings of a board and team," Haley said.

He has been an emissary for the association visiting Washington, D.C., and promoting farm-equipment dealer business and farming.

"I feel these experiences have helped to round me out as a leader," Haley said.

A 1970 graduate of Kuemper Catholic High School, Longnecker, 61, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Northern Iowa.

He is a son of former Carroll County Sheriff Jack Longnecker.

Dan Longnecker and his wife, Sook-hee, live at 1326 Salinger Ave. Longnecker volunteers with New Hope Village and for Mallard View in addition to handling painting jobs.

"I'll declare probably tomorrow," he said.

The filing period for November city elections in Iowa closes at 5 p.m. Thursday. Candidates can take out papers at city hall or online through the Iowa Secretary of State's Office - sos.iowa.gov

At-large Councilman Jeff Scharfenkamp has said he will not seek re-election. Mayor Adam Schweers and 1st Ward Councilman Michael Kots are seeking re-election. The other Carroll elected officials' seats are not up until 2015.

Three candidates so far - Kyle Fesenmeyer, Jerry Fleshner and Amber Raak - are expected to seek the at-large seat. Kots is the only announced candidate for the 1st Ward, and no candidates have emerged to challenge Schweers.

The mayor's salary is $4,800 annually. Council members are paid $2,400 each year. The council meets in regular sessions twice a month.