Former lawmaker seeks seat

Rod Halvorson, who represented Fort Dodge in the Iowa Legislature for 20 years, is attempting a political comeback by running for the Webster County Board of Supervisors.

Halvorson is unopposed for the Democratic nomination in District 4.

Incumbent Merrill Leffler is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

District 4 includes voting precincts 1, 3, 6 and 7 in Fort Dodge. The district includes downtown, Pleasant Valley and the Round Prairie, Kennedy-Brown and Orchard Glen neighborhoods.

“I believe with my experience in the Legislature and the key roles that I played regarding Highway 20, the prison, Brushy Creek and the ag industrial park west of Fort Dodge that I am very well qualified for the board of supervisors,” Halvorson said Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m looking forward to being a public servant again,” he added.

Halvorson was a legislator from 1979 to 1999. He served 16 years in the House of Representatives and four years in the Senate. He lost his Senate re-election bid in 1998 to Republican Mike Sexton, of Rockwell City. After being away from state government for several years, Sexton is running for the House of Representatives in House District 10 this year. He has no opponents in either the primary or general elections.

After his election loss, Halvorson served as interim administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division.

He then became executive director of the Minnesota Social Services Association. He retired from that position in 2013. He recently returned to Fort Dodge.

Halvorson said if he is elected his priorities will be assisting the growth of the ag industrial park called Iowa’s Crossroads of Global Innovation, looking for efficiencies in local government by sharing services with the city of Fort Dodge and maintaining fiscal responsibility.