SALEM, IOWA, MARCH 26, 2014 — Mary Hoyer of Salem, IA filed nomination papers today to be on the Democratic primary ballot as a candidate for Henry County Iowa Supervisor. The primary election will be on June 3, 2014, with the general election being held on November 4, 2014.
The Henry County Board of Supervisors consists of three members elected at large. Each supervisor serves a term of four years. Two of the supervisors, Gary See and Greg Moeller, were elected in 2012. The remaining current supervisor, Marc Lindeen, is running for re-election this year.
Explaining her decision to enter the race, Hoyer stated, “Growing up in Iowa, I know how important a community is, and I care deeply about our rural heritage. Now that I am retired, I have the time and energy for the job of supervisor, as well as the business and volunteer experience that tells me that I would be able to make a positive contribution.” She added, “I also believe that it would be good for the county ― for all of the county ― that the Board has a member who lives in one of the more rural areas. We all face similar challenges, but not exactly in the same mix; a broader perspective can only help with the Board’s understanding.”
Hoyer (64) is from Lee County. Originally Mary Fullenkamp, she is the oldest of five children; her parents were Water and Erma Fullenkamp. She grew up on the family farm north of West Point, Iowa, now operated by her younger brother Roger. Her mother was a teacher, and her father was a farmer; both were very active in the community. Her father was a member of both the Lee County Conservation Commission and the Lee County Zoning Board.
Hoyer graduated from Marquette High School and attended the University of Iowa. She finished her degree (Chemistry) at Loyola University in New Orleans, LA. After taking graduate classes at UC Berkeley, she joined Coherent, Inc., Scientific Division as a member of the sales and marketing team. (Coherent, located in Santa Clara, CA, is a company providing lasers and related equipment to the research, medical, and manufacturing communities.) She went on to spend fifteen years in sales and sales management in the laser industry, interrupted by a ten-year period when she was primarily a mother, volunteering extensively in the local school and community in Harvard, MA.
She met her husband, Steve Hoyer, a resident of Salem, while in high school. They were married in 2010, and in the fall of 2011, moved back home to Iowa.
Since her return, she has been active in the Salem community, serving as Treasurer of the Salem Friends of the Library, along with other volunteer activities. Since March of 2013, she has been the Chair of the Henry County Democratic Party.
For more information about Hoyer’s experience and her campaign, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.