Dear Editor,

The purpose of this letter is to endorse and thank Mike Klimesh for his candidacy for Iowa Senate.  

Mike has been involved in local government in one role or another for 20 years. He has been the mayor of Spillville, as well as sitting on many county and regional boards and committees for at least that long.

Mike takes responsibilities very seriously. He is always fully engaged and invested in the folks he represents. His time as mayor of Spillville has been very trying due to repeated flooding over the last several years.  

Since 2008 Mike has procured between 1.5 and 2 million dollars in the form of flood mitigation and recovery funding from FEMA and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security, spearheading major projects such as armoring the banks of the Turkey River that runs through town and rebuilding of the city sewer lagoon system while coordinating with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Over time, Mike has built a great working relationship with these and other state agencies.  

Any county supervisor will tell you that in recent years we have dealt with the state more than ever before. I feel very strongly that Klimesh will be the kind of legislator we need to represent this senate district. He makes decisions with evidence based, results driven logic that translates into independent, common sense leadership.

Klimesh has made himself very familiar with certain service agencies that deal with counties, particularly the 18-county Mental Health and Disability Services Region.  He has educated himself on the 28E agreement that binds the Region together, the per capita tax structure, and the role of the Department of Human Services.  

When the COVID-19 virus reared its ugly head, Mike sanitized his town library, organized a partnership with Community Action, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, and local food pantries, and with the help of dedicated volunteers, delivered food and supplies to the seniors of Spillville, protecting the most vulnerable of his residents, much to the relief of their families.  

Mike supported a proposal to the Department of Homeland Security to recognize this corner of the state to procure an Abbott COVID-19 testing machine for Allamakee, Fayette, Winneshiek, Clayton counties and surrounding areas.  That tester has been in operation in Allamakee County for months.

When Mike’s sister, Christie, lost her battle with cancer at the age of 28, Mike was so impressed and grateful to the hospice workers that meant so much to the Klimesh family that he organized a motorcycle ride for years after Christie’s death. The ride raised thousands of dollars, and all proceeds were donated to Winneshiek Medical Center Hospice in Christie’s memory.  

Mike Klimesh has my support to represent this senatorial district, but more importantly, he has my vote.  

John Logsdon,