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Hopefuls want Goshen residents to be heard

Openness in government, youth programs and city growth are some main issues concerning Goshen candidates for mayor and City Council.

Voters in this city will elect two council members and a mayor Tuesday. Goshen Mayor Denny Sturman is seeking re-election after serving two years; his opponent is John W. Blair. Four candidates are running for the two council seats.Joe Stansfield is the only incumbent seeking re-election; other council candidates are Wendy Hopes, Roger A. Jensen and Dorothy Sprague.

Here is a summary of the candidates and their views:

Mayor

John W. Blair, 45, said some Goshen residents feel their voices aren't being heard by city government. Goshen needs to be a more "open town" where all residents can give their input and receive the information they need. If elected, he will have weekly sessions when residents can talk with him about their problems. Blair would also like a program to offer more activities to Goshen's youth.

Blair works as a pump tender at Geneva Steel.

Growth needs to be controlled in Goshen, said Denny Sturman, 50. "We have a water problem here, and we can't handle large amounts of growth until some update is done with our water system," he said.

Work has been done toward installing a pressurized irrigation system in the city, but the project is on hold; Sturman said he would like to remain in office and continue to work on that project, which he considers important for the community.

Town Council

Having served as a coordinator for Goshen sports programs, Wendy Hopes, 34, said expanding and improving recreational opportunities for youth will be her main focus if she's elected. "There's just really nothing out here for them," she said. More Goshen youth could participate in activities if they didn't have to go to another city to do so, she said.

Hopes is a postal worker.

Roger A. Jensen, 52, said he is running for office because "I've lived here all my life and I feel I owe that to the community, to see what the people would like me to do."

He plans to "listen to the voice of the people" and vote the way residents want him to vote. He believes Goshen residents want Goshen to stay a small, rural community.

Jensen works as a driver's license examiner for the state.

Dorothy Sprague, 46, said, "We need a little more ambition in the town council." She is running because "I just like to serve . . . . I want to do my part." She would like to see the city provide more input to Goshen's annual city celebration. As more people move into town, Goshen's water situation needs to be watched carefully, she said. Sprague works as a seamstress for Dee's Victorians.

Joe Stansfield, 36, said Goshen has been a well-run city overall and wants to see that continued. He wants to remain in office so he can "keep some issues that are going in the town alive," such as maintaining roads and adding new ones in the future. "We need to really manage our growth around here with our present water supply," he said, adding he doesn't want to see so much growth in Goshen that the city ends up with a water shortage.

Stansfield works as an electronics technician.