Gowdy, Thiessen running for Marshalltown council

With the city election filing deadline approaching, more people are turning in papers for city council and the mayor’s seat.

On Monday three men joined the race – Christopher Thiessen filing for an at-large council seat, Mike Gowdy for the 3rd Ward and Phillip Gavagan running for mayor.

Gowdy has been a Marshalltown resident for more than 40 years.

“I would like to give back to the city,” Gowdy said. “All my kids are grown and my grandkids are going to school now, so it’s just an opportunity for me to step up and help the community.”

Gowdy said he has an understanding of how the council works.

“I watch the city council quite extensively and I’ve always been active going up there or watching on television,” Gowdy said. “There is a lot of things that need to be done and a lot of things on the agenda and I have the knowledge and the understanding of the government, I could help.”

Gowdy said there are items on the agenda now and upcoming items he would like to get involved with.

“We are getting quite extensive work on the roads, which I am happy with,” Gowdy said. “I’m sure there are other things that will come up in the city council. The bond issues and tax abatements I’d like to get involved with.”

Gavagan, who ran for mayor last fall, said he is running again for the same reason.

“I just want to see somebody different in office,” Gavagan said. “I’m tired of seeing the same people in year after year.”

Gavagan said he has worked the majority of his life in Marshalltown.

“I worked in all three of the major factories, Lennox, JBS, I work at Fisher’s currently,” Gavagan said. “I’ve got a pretty good feel about what this town needs and that’s why I’m running.”

Gavagan said he hasn’t looked at current agenda items in a couple months, but his main concern is the people.

“I’ve got a lot of issues with the city worrying more about beautification projects rather than worrying about taking care of what the people need here,” Gavagan said.

Gavagan said he encourages people to vote.

“If you don’t vote for me just get out and vote,” Gavagan said. “Make your opinion heard, that’s what matters.”

A call was made to Thiessen, running for at-large council, but was not returned by press time.

Marla Grabenbauer, current 3rd Ward council member, said Monday she will not be running again. In addition to Gowdy, Merrill Price announced last week he is seeking the 3rd Ward seat.

“I am really confident in the two gentlemen that are running,” Grabenbauer said. “There is not a hidden agenda there, they truly believe in their community and they want the best for their whole community.”

Other contenders for the mayor’s seat include current council member Al Hoop and businessman Jim Lowrance.

At-large council candidates include current council member Bethany Wirin, Tom Poole and Bill Martin.

Bob Schubert is seeking re-election in the 1st Ward.

Those wishing to run in the city election must file nominations papers with the city clerk by 5 p.m. Thursday.