Orange City, Iowa — An Orange City man has thrown his hat into the ring for the open Iowa General Assembly House District 4 seat recently held by Dwayne Alons, and after his death, during this session by John Kooiker.
Jeff VanDerWerff, a Professor of American Government at Northwestern College for the past 17 years, filed his nominating petitions and affidavit of candidacy with the Secretary of State’s office in Des Moines this past week.
VanDerWerff says he wants to be “the voice that champions the conservatism animating Sioux County.”
“Home to a livestock boom, a thriving machine shop industry, an impressive agricultural mix of feedlots and biotechnology, not to mention hard work, health care, and higher education, Sioux County is thriving. While many small towns and rural counties across the state are losing jobs and/or population, profits as well as people are flowing into communities like Sioux Center, Rock Valley, Hull and Orange City, among others,” noted VanDerWerff.
He contends that what is happening in Sioux County is an example worth emulating, a cultural climate that needs to be protected and preserved.
Photo: (L-R) Michael Ross, Deputy Secretary of State and Jeff VanDerWerff (R), filing paperwork placing name on the primary ballot