Al Haas and Jeff Jacque will face off for a two-year term as Dyersville mayor. Each candidate was given the opportunity to share their answers to the following questions.

Alvin Haas

Q: Tell us some background information about yourself

A: I have been married to my wife, Laura, for over 30 years and have three children, one daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. I graduated from Monticello Community High School in 1966, the University of Northern Iowa in 1971 and majored in political science in graduate school. I am a veteran of the United States Air Force, taught school at Hempstead High School in Dubuque as well as Beckman Catholic High School here in Dyersville. I am a member of the Dyersville American Legion, former member of the Dyersville Board of Adjustment and served as Dyersville’s mayor in 2014-15.

Q: Why are you running for this seat?

A: I am running for the position of mayor because I have demonstrated that I have leadership ability, am extremely accessible and visible in our community. I want to promote the development of our downtown, promote the completion of the 12th to 13th Ave Bridge, increase public voting on some issues, reduce our existing debt, keep us out of lawsuits, support neighboring communities, be accessible to all citizens, and support our police force. I want to increase transparency in our City government. Issues that are important to you are issues I as your mayor would consider important to me.

Q: In your opinion, what are some of the challenges facing Iowans today, and as an elected official, how can you help Iowans facing those challenges?

A: One of the biggest challenges facing Iowans today would be the lack of workers in all phases of our economy, whether it’s in the restaurants/bars or the manufacturing plants here in our community. Everywhere you look there are businesses wanting to hire more and more people. I, as the mayor of Dyersville, would put together a group of people from all sectors of our community and prepare a hiring pamphlet listing all the employment opportunities currently available, housing opportunities and possible assistance, as well as all the recreational activities that would serve as an enticement to draw people into our community. I believe with this group of citizens there are many more ideas that could be forwarded and explored. I would encourage businesses to have split shifts where two people could share one position. In addition, I would provide daycare services for those who want to work but are unable to because of raising their family. As the mayor, I would feel it would be my responsibility to take the lead and promote this where ever possible.

Q: Anything else you would like voters to know heading into the election?

A: Having served as the mayor of Dyersville before, I have gained a lot of knowledge about our community and its citizens. In the past six years, I have had an opportunity to watch and observe how the city has been functioning. I believe we have made a lot of positive movements and Dyersville has continued to grow and has become the Community all of us can take a great deal of pride in. If I am elected as your next mayor I pledge to do my best to make Dyersville the place where you want to live and play.

Jeff Jacque

Q: Tell us some background information about yourself

A: I am a lifelong resident of Dyersville. I have been married to my wife Donna for 47 years. We have four daughters, are proud grandparents of 10 grandchildren. I am a graduate of Beckman Catholic and has been involved with the family business, Jacque’s Home Fashions, for over 50 years. I have been active in the Beckman drama department for over 35 years. As a member of St Francis Xavier Parish, I serve as a lector. I am also a member of the Dyersville Golf & Country Club serving on the board for 15 years, as board president for nine years. I presently serve on the Dyersville Board of Adjustment.

Q: Why are you running for this seat?

A: I wish to continue building on and being a part of the successes of our City. I feel Dyersville has the potential to grow due to the strong work ethic our community has. I would like to see our recreation opportunities continue to expand which will, in turn, attract people. As mayor, I would like to take and build on these opportunities and take the future of Dyersville to another level of excellence. Dyersville has given me and my family many opportunities to succeed. I am thankful for this and would like to give back in a positive way. I am proud of this community and where we are and want to build on our successes. I feel I can better do this by serving as mayor.

Q: In your opinion what are some of the challenges facing Iowans today and as an elected official how would you help Iowans face these challenges?

A: Employment opportunities seem to be abundant across the state; however, it appears the challenge is getting people to fill these jobs. This has been an ongoing situation and under the current circumstances, it appears there is not enough motivation to work. Some of this responsibility must be shared with the federal government and its policies. A positive attitude is a way to overcome challenges that we face daily. Offering a safe workspace and environment is one incentive to attract potential employees. Many small communities face similar challenges to facilitate growth. Dyersville is fortunate not to be in this category. We are growing yearly which is a reflection of our strong city ethics, the many opportunities Dyersville offers and our great citizen base. Unity and harmony among our residents and surrounding communities will certainly help to attain these goals. Networking with our chamber members is instrumental. Sharing ideas and vision is essential to ensure a good path to success.

Q: Anything else you would like voters to know heading into the election?

A: I expect to be the voice of the people and make every effort to be fiscally responsible to all our residents and taxpayers of this city. One of my goals is to focus and encourage additional business opportunities. I would like to see expansion and growth in our industrial and residential areas. Let us move forward and build on our present strong foundation. I feel that having been a lifelong resident and business owner, I have a connection with our residents. My personal experience will be of great benefit in making sincere, genuine and caring decisions for our residents.

— Compiled by Dylan Kurt