Voters go to the primary on Tuesday

Callanan and McLaughlin compete for the supervisor seat

Republican incumbent Casey Callanan of Clear Lake is challenged by another Clear Laker, Kelly McLaughlin, in the Cerro Gordo County District 2 Supervisor race. The primary elections will take place on Tuesday, March 7th. The candidates were invited to share their background and views with the readers by answering a questionnaire prepared by this newspaper. The Democratic Party has no candidate in the running for District 2 Supervisor.

Casey Callanan


Casey M. Callanan, 42 years old. I am a sixth-generation resident of Cerro Gordo, a graduate of CLHS, Class of 1998, and a 2002 Iowa State graduate. My wife is Hunter Schurtz Callanan who works at the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation. My father, Mike Callanan, taught at CLHS for 28 years and currently serves on the Clear Lake City Council. My mother, Cathy Callanan, was a nurse at Opportunity Village for 30 years. I’m a partner at First Insurance, Inc. and have been deeply involved in community improvement efforts in Cerro Gordo. These include past president of the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, past president of the Cerro Gordo County Independent Insurance Agents Association, co-chair of the Clear Lake Fireworks Foundation Campaign, and past chair of the Cerro Gordo County Community Foundation. I did an internship in the Iowa Legislature and worked for the Congressional Budget Committee in DC

Are there certain issues that motivated you to run for office?

My motivation to seek public office stemmed from a longstanding interest in helping to improve northern Iowa. Cerro Gordo County is wonderful, as are its citizens, and I view the role of a locally elected officer as a form of community service. However, as in any successful company, competent management is the prerequisite for sustainable success. That’s my goal, every day. I would like to continue to offer this to the residents.

What is your top priority if elected?

expenses and taxes. I will continue to be responsible with your taxpayer dollars and carefully monitor the bottom line by lowering tax while delivering quality services. I have implemented policies over the past several years that have strengthened Cerro Gordo. These actions have helped keep our county competitive, attractive to employers and an affordable, desirable place to live, work and raise families. The people of Cerro Gordo County expect and deserve nothing less.

Supervisors are located in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. What would you say to a city or country dweller who is wondering if you understand their specific concerns?

During my tenure and campaigning, I have met with hundreds of Cerro Gordo County residents from all walks of life and from all walks of life. This includes rural citizens, city dwellers, and everything in between. I fully understand the importance of agriculture to our local economy and have voted for infrastructure improvements to ensure our roads and bridges are properly maintained. Additionally, I have worked with law enforcement to ensure they have the resources necessary to patrol our streets and maintain our prison, which protects both incorporated and unincorporated communities. I am very approachable and have ALWAYS made an effort to understand and address the concerns of ALL voters.

Kelly McLaughlin


My name is Kelly McLaughlin and I am running for Cerro Gordo County Supervisor. I am a lifelong resident of Clear Lake. I have two married daughters and six grandchildren. My parents were born and raised in Swaldale and Thornton before moving to Clear Lake to raise our family. I am a graduate of Clear Lake High School. Before retiring, I was the Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance for the Clear Lake Sanitary District. In my career I have also worked for the Clear Lake Community School District as Director of Facilities/Transportation, Alliant Energy, Northern Natural Gas and Farmers Co-Op Elevator. Previous positions I have served, elected or appointed, have been on the Clear Lake Sanitary District Board and Trustee of the Clear Lake Evangelical Free Church. My previous work experiences have given me a wealth of knowledge about budgeting, utilities, infrastructure and facility maintenance. My career as a supervisor has taught me to be a good listener and that everyone has the right to be heard, which helps make the right decisions.

Are there certain issues that motivated you to run for office?

I’m running for supervisor because I want to be part of the decision-making process to help our county thrive. I would like to use my many years of knowledge and experience for our community. This will be my full-time job and I will have the time to study situations before making decisions that affect my neighbors.

What is your top priority if elected?

If elected, my number one priority would be to be a good listener and voice for the people who elected me. I want to share what I’ve learned throughout my professional career with the board so we can make the right decisions and achieve higher goals.

Supervisors are located in both incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county. What would you say to a city or country dweller who is wondering if you understand their specific concerns?

Living in the city, I’m constantly monitoring what’s happening in my community. I have worked for the public school district and a local utility company serving both city and country residents. Because of the positions I’ve held, I’ve had the opportunity to immediately understand infrastructure, tiling, easements and more. I have also had living experiences both in the city and in rural areas.

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