What I believe
Questions from the Clayton County Register
Name: Sharon Keehner
Address: 28636 Miners Creek Rd, Guttenberg, IA
Family members*: Husband Randy Keehner, Daughters: Kristine and Dan Anderson; Kayleen Keehner
I attended Upper Iowa University and received my Bachelor of Science in Business Education in 1980.
University of Northern Iowa and received by Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology: Teaching Business in 1993.
Randy and I own and manage a Cow/Calf operation outside to Guttenberg for 38 years. I have been responsible for the farm financial records, herd records, and helped with all aspects of the operation.
I have been a Business Teacher at Clayton Ridge Community Schools/Guttenberg Community Schools for 38 years. My additional responsibilities included: 26 years Volleyball Coach, 5 years Athletic Director, 9 years Yearbook Advisor, 10 years Assistant Drill Team Coach; 2010 Iowa Outstanding Secondary Business Educator.
What other elected positions have you held?
I have never run for a public office. I have been involved in various volunteer agricultural, business and educational organizations on a state and national level. . I also served on the Program Management Committee for Business Education with the Iowa Department of Education.
What are your reasons for seeking this position?
Leadership with common sense is what I hope to bring to the office. I have always felt that I could serve my county by participating in government. My first hand knowledge of farming will help me understand the issues and importance of maintaining a strong agricultural economy in the county. My Business degree gives me a great understanding of the role small or large businesses play in a rural economy. Their success is critical to economic growth of the county. I believe we can be fiscally responsible and allow us to grow in areas of need as long as we are highly practical. Having lived all of my adult life working with the public and it’s given me a unique skill set for this position. I believe it has made me very approachable, given me a great sense of humor, made me a better listener, a creative problem solver, and honest. I have learned that trust is the important quality in any relationship and that honesty is the most important quality a person can have. If elected I promise to be trustworthy and honest. I believe successful people know how to listen and ask great questions. I am humble enough to know I don’t have all the answers but I promise to work hard and ask the tough questions. I look forward to serving Clayton County.
What are the biggest challenges facing Clayton County?
Infrastructure, economic growth, tax relief, and keeping our youth in the county are a few of our biggest challenges. To solve these issues we will have to evaluate where we are and what we want to accomplish. This will require creative thinking and open lines of communication with all stakeholders. Our biggest challenge will be balancing the needs and wants of the county with the cost of taxes. As Ronald Reagan once said, “You can’t spend yourself rich.” Just spending money will not make things better—you have to spend it in the right places. As a supervisor I feel the hardest part will be deciding where to spend the money when addressing these issues. Just because we have always done it a certin way doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. I will make sure to listen to the residence and make sure their concerns are considered when making the tough decisions. I will remember it’s your money! It’s your livelihood! It’s our future!
How do you plan to address these challenges?
I have spent my whole life problem solving in my classroom and figuring out new ways to solve old problems. I believe with researching alternatives and by listening to the residents of Clayton County we can make informed decisions and solve problems. My motto has always been, “Hard work pays off.” I will pull up my sleeves and work hard to find a consensus to move the county forward.
If elected to serve, what do you hope to achieve during your term?
I will take an assertive approach to learning my role and make a point to make it a priority to be productive within the first few weeks on the job. I hope my real-world experience and knowledge will inspire trust in my residents. Like many of you I hope that we can tackle the problems we face together with dignity, optimism and a belief we are making a better tomorrow for all the people of Clayton County. Together, we can make it happen. Four years from now, we will be able to look back on this moment as the time when talk stopped, and action began. Clayton County will be stronger and sounder because of the investments we are making today. It's about your priorities
How will you reach out to area residents?
I will be visiting town and reaching out to community organizations to have open forums for questions and answers. I will have an open door policy. I will be returning calls and messages as soon as possible. I am available through email (email@example.com) I would love speak or attend meetings in your communities. Please invite me now through email or through my website (www.keehnerforsupervisor.com). I would love to come and talk to your group or have a private conversation.
What your views on bipartianship and how do you believe it can be achieved?
Bipartianship should have no role in county government. It is the responsibility of all elected county officials to work together for the common interests of all the people of Clayton County. It will be our responsibility to listen to all of our citizens. Then use common sense and moderation when making decisions for the county. As elected officials we must remember it’s Our Concerns. Our Future.
What additional comments about your candidacy or platform would you like to make?
I bring both a background and a perspective that will be helpful in making decisions that will affect our County and our future.
Experienced leader & lifelong area resident.
Farm Wife, Mother, and Business Teacher.
A hard-nosed fiscal conservative who understands that it’s your money.
A good listener. It's about your priorities. I will listen and make sure your concerns are considered.
It would be my honor to represent your values and concerns on the Clayton County Board. I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and earn your support. I will bring leadership with common sense. OUR CONCERNS. OUR FUTURE.
Please check out my website: www.keehnerforsupervisor.com for more details or find me on Facebook at Keehner for Supervisor.
I always ask a “just for fun” question so here it is: Who were you’re childhood heroes?
Gilbert and Marian Barnhart, my parents, they inspired me to be open-minded, tough, honest, think for myself and to always be kind. They inspired me to always think for myself and base my decisions on facts not popularity. Learning at a young age to think for myself and to be honest has opened many doors for me. Being kind is something I believe in and try to pass on. Sister Imogene is another childhood hero and she is the reason I became a teacher. She was my seventh grade teacher and she believed in me. She was tough, but always made me feel like I could do anything. I use her example everyday I teach.