Voters will decide Council races Tuesday

The Mirror-Reporter invited Clear Lake and Ventura City Council candidates, as well as the unopposed mayoral candidates, to share information about themselves and their vision for their communities as voters prepare to go to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

City Council At-Large

DANA BRANT

My name is Dana Brant and I grew up in York, Penn.  When I was 19, I moved to California and two years later was given an opportunity to study at York College in York, Nebraska, where I met my wonderful wife Kristi.  We have been married for 23 years. We have four amazing children, which have all attended Clear Lake Community Schools. After college, we moved back to York, Penn. In 2001, we decided to move to Clear Lake, Iowa.

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GARY HUGI

I am Gary Hugi, a retired construction manager and father of three (Jason, Sarah and Janelle).  I have six granddaughters and one great-granddaughter.  My affiliations include: National Society of Engineering Technicians, North Iowa Builders Exchange (past president), Bell Harbor Association (past Board of Directors), Iowa Concrete Paving Association (past Municipal and Conference Committees), Iowa Ready Mix Asso-

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City Council 2nd Ward

TONY NELSON

I was elected in 2010 to serve a four-year term on the Council representing the residents of Ward 2.  I am currently serving my second term.  I also represent Clear Lake as a board member on the Landfill of North Iowa.

After graduating from Lake Mills High School, I attended Central College in Pella, Iowa where I graduated with a BA in Business Management.  I also minored in

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BENNETT SMITH

My name is Bennett Smith and I am a candidate for the Second Ward city council seat here in Clear Lake. I wanted to introduce myself to the citizens of Clear Lake, explain why I am running for city council, and finally, articulate some thoughts on my vision for Clear Lake going forward. I would like to thank the Clear Lake Mirror-Reporter for the opportunity to communicate with the public on why I am running for city council. I used

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BEN SMITH

My name is Ben Smith, 501 S. 8th St.  I was born in Huntington Beach, Calif., and lived most of my adolescent years all over California and Hawaii.  I eventually settled in Britt, Iowa in 1998 as a junior in high school. I am a 2000 graduate of West Hancock High School. After high school I attended NIACC for a short period of time, but decided I needed to be working instead.

From 2000-2006 I bounced around, living in Cedar Falls,

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