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EDITORIAL: Disappointed in people who lent their name to Bookmeyer’s “exploratory committee”

Editorial by Matt Marquardt –

Bookmeyer in 2009
Bookmeyer in 2009

One must wonder, why would a sitting incumbent mayor need an exploratory committee to ponder a re-election bid?  This list of people – nearly every one of them supporting Eric Bookmeyer 4 years ago, contributed money or time to his first campaign – what are they now exploring?  Are they exploring his electability?  Are they themselves exploring their own allegiance to this man?  Are they exploring just how bad this man’s reputation has become?  Are they exploring his legacy over 3.5 years? (Google network: FAIL; Trash burning plant: FAIL; Decimate sanitation department: FAIL; Destroy Human Rights: SUCCEEDED; Silence the people of Mason City at public forum: FAIL; Stole from City Hall: PROVEN … the list can go on and on.) The only thing Bookmeyer has going for him is that out of 20,000 registered voters in Mason City, only 6,500 will vote.  The rank and file Mason City citizens abhor Bookmeyer but they will not vote.  I for one am very disappointed in every single person on this exploratory committee for lending their name to it, although as I stated earlier, no one really knows what they are exploring.


As published in the Globe Gazette:

Treasurer is Eric Gogerty.

Committee members are: Tyler Anderson, Mick Baker, Julie Bauer, Sherry Becker, John Berding, Tim Dettmer, Robin Edgar, Larry Elwood, Liz Fitzgerald, Dan Garriets, David Grooters, John Groninga, Randy Haskins, Mark Holt, George Jessen, Jay Lala, Tim Latham, Ann MacGregor and Heidi Marquart.

Also, Ron Masters, Scott Moorman, Stephanie Nettleton, Jack Nielsen, Joyce Nielsen, Tom O’Neill, Kim Pang, Kirk Paulson, Dennis Reidel, Marti Rodamaker, John Rowe, Gary Schmit, Ray Shimak, Scott Shipman, Deadra Stanton, O. Jay Tomson, Pat Tomson, Rhonda True, Dan Varnum, Gary Wattnem, Walt Wendland and Hal Winston.

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