Four of five Westfield council seats on election ballot

Posted October 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

With Councilor Don Dion not seeking another term and Councilor Beth Terpstra being an appointed councilor, Westfield voters will have four seats to fill on their council slate.

The other two seats on the ballot are currently held by Councilors James Feauto and Jenny Hartman-Mendoza.

They each took a few moments to share their reasons for seeking another term.

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James Feauto

James Feauto is seeking a second term on the Westfield City Council.

When he took the Oath of Office in November 2015, it was his first time ever to hold a public office.

“I’d like to see us to continue with the progress we are,” said Feauto. “It’s slow but we are slowly getting there to the point of cleaning up the town and updating the current infrastructure to what it is to years down the road.”

“The infrastructure is definitely outdated,” he said. “It’s sufficient for now but it definitely needs updated.”

“Living here I’d like to see better for the community,” said Feauto. “It’s just going to take time. I don’t think it’s something that could have been done in one term, maybe not in two terms, but you want to leave something better than where you started.”

The Akron-Westfield Class of 2004 alumnus joined the Iowa Air National Guard right after high school. He is a full-time a federal air technician with an E6 Technical Sergeant rank, a dual duty with the military.

In addition to serving his country, Feauto attended Iowa Lakes Community College for one year, then earned an Associate of Science degree in aviation technologies from the U.S. Air Force.

His hobbies include hunting, fishing, flying and spending time with his fiancee, Sara Hartz, and kids, Parker and Julia Britton.

Feauto is a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Akron.

Jenny Hartman-Mendoza

Jenny Hartman-Mendoza has been serving on the Westfield Council since she was appointed June 11, 2015.

“I want to finish what we’ve started,” said Hartman-Mendoza. “Just to better the community, bring the community together.”

“This is our where we’re going to retire,” she said. “The more I can do now is going to benefit in the long run.”

Hartman-Mendoza, a Union County, S.D., native, graduated from West Sioux High School in 1987 and earned a secretarial diploma from Western Iowa Tech Community College in Sioux City.

She and her husband, Carlos, have two children: Kent Muth of Sioux City; and Olivia Mendoza of Westfield.

Hartman-Mendoza is employed as a customer service representative with Mills, Shellhammer, Puetz Insurance in Sioux City. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, cooking and music, especially Christian music.

She is an active member of the Westfield Congregational United Church of Christ.

Lisbeth “Beth” Terpstra

Lisbeth “Beth” Terpstra was appointed April 2016 of this year to fulfill the term vacated by Councilor Mike Bohlke.

“To kind of help (the mayor) finish what we started with the water and try to keep up with the Farmer’s Market,” said Terpstra as to why she’s seeking a full-term.

Terpstra and her husband, Ed, moved to Westfield when their son, Scott, began Kindergarten.

“We’ve lived in Westfield about 40 years,” said the Akron High School Class of 1971 alum.

The couple has two sons: Scott and his wife, Gina, of Akron, and Juston of Westfield. They have three grandchildren: Jack of Akron; and Drake and Aryana of Bellevue.

Terpstra retired in 2014 from working with the mentally handicapped at Pride Group in Le Mars. She enjoys reading and riding motorcycles.

This isn’t the first time Terpstra has sat at the Westfield council table. She served one term years ago when Ronnie Burke was the city clerk.

This year, she successfully restarted the Westfield Farmer’s Market in the Westfield City Park. She is also a member of the Community Foundation of Greater Plymouth County.

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