This year’s Dyersville City Council will feature no contested races, although there will be at least one new face on the council beginning in 2020.
The polls will be open Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dubuque County residents who live in Ward 1 or Ward 2 should report to the Dyersville Social Center (625 3rd Ave SE). Ward 1 residents from Delaware County will vote at the Earlville Civic Center (120 Northern Ave., Earlville).
Those living in Ward 3 will vote at Beckman High School (1325 9th St. SE). More information can be found on the City of Dyersville’s website.
Current Mayor Jim Heavens will seek another two-year term, and long-serving councilman, Mike English will seek to continue representing Ward 2 for another four years.
Another long-serving councilman, Mark Breitbach, will not seek reelection for one of the At-Large seats. Newcomer Jenni Ostwinkle Silva has filed for the position and agreed to do a Q & A with the Dyersville Commercial.
Tell us a little about yourself and what motivated you to run for office?
“I am the communications and education manager at BARD Materials. I’ve lived in Dyersville since 2012 and my husband Kyle and I have a crazy-but-cute rescue pup named Luna.
“After graduating from Beckman and then UNI, I journeyed to Massachusetts to pursue a Master’s degree in history from Harvard. Even though I grew up on a dairy farm north of Worthington, when anyone asked where I was from, I used Dyersville as my frame of reference: “Y’know, the Field of Dreams?” I was proud then to brag about my sort-of hometown and I am proud now, as a full-fledged resident, to be on the ballot to serve my neighbors as a member of the city council.
“Service is at the root of my run; I believe everyone is called to serve in some capacity. As a kid, that service took shape in school and 4H, and later, as an adult, with organizations like Hospice and Habitat for Humanity. I am excited for this new opportunity to serve Dyersville on city council.”
What do you think is the most important issue that Dyersville is currently facing?
“Dyersville has a long, rich history, industrious people and a strong business culture, but we aren’t immune to the challenges of the modern era. We need to ask what we can do to attract families and young professionals, provide suitable and sufficient housing and do what is within our power to ensure that our residents are safe, happy, and healthy.
“The Downtown Revitalization project has gone a long way toward serving this goal. In the age of eCommerce and struggling Main Streets, creative people and organizations in Dyersville have been dreaming up ways to bring people back together. The council should continue to do everything it can to grow this project, and others like it, and establish Dyersville as a haven for families, entrepreneurs, and small businesses.”
What are some of your goal/priorities if elected?
“Dyersville is a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. But how do we ensure our town remains vibrant and continues to flourish in a way that is responsible and sustainable into the future? How do we attract steadfast employers and people who will further enrich our communities?
“If elected, my priorities as a new councilperson are to listen, learn, assess and act — in that order. I look forward to talking to Dyersville residents about their priorities and ideas. Our current council has done an admirable job working together in the best interests of our town, and I am eager to learn from them as we continue to assess Dyersville’s needs. These assessments, however, are nothing without action. I look forward to working with fellow council members, the mayor, city staff, and community partners to put these plans to work. I would be humbled to have your support on Nov. 5.”