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Ward 4: Hasek defends against Anderson

The Ward 4 council race in 2020 bears a strong similarity to the 2016 general election as Wayne Hasek and Terry Anderson again compete for the Fairmont City Council seat.

Four years ago, Wayne Hasek ousted then-incumbent Terry Anderson by just 26 votes out of 986 ballots cast. This year, it is Anderson who is challenging the incumbent Hasek in an effort to regain the seat.

The city is divided into four wards, and residents of those individual wards vote exclusively for their sector’s council representative. Ward 4 comprises residents in the northwest section of the city. The fifth council seat, the at-large position, represents the entire city so all registered voters may cast a ballot in this race.

Ward and precinct maps can be viewed at www.fairmont.org by clicking on the “City Council” tab under the “Departments” drop-down menu.

Hasek says he has been a strong proponent for local businesses as well as residents through his efforts to tamp down taxes.

“One of my main focuses will be aiding and assisting local businesses during the pandemic. I have been supportive in allowing businesses additional flexibility,” he said.

“I would also like to see a greater focus on improving city streets, but without further taxes. I am open to new ways to fund street improvements, including franchise fees, as long as it doesn’t result in a tax increase. It is important that the city lives within its means.”

Hasek said he takes pride in listening to his constituents and then working to get results for them. He has supported the demolition of blighted properties within the city, voted against a tax levy hike in the 2020 budget and voted for road improvements in Ward 4 including Lake Avenue and Winnebago Avenue.

Hasek has consistently supported business and business development in Fairmont by voting for pandemic flexibility and extending infrastructure to the industrial park and Zierke Manufacturing.

Hasek was born and raised in Sac City, Iowa. After graduating from high school there, he attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, earning a bachelor’s degree in business management. After college, he started a career in the insurance industry and remains employed in that field.

He and his wife, Christine, moved to Fairmont in 1993, buying a house in Ward 4 where they still reside. The couple raised three children, all graduates of Fairmont High School.

Hasek has been involved in St. John Vianney Catholic Church, a board member of Fairmont Dollars for Scholars and a member of the Martin County Conservation Club.

Over a 10-day period, the Sentinel tried numerous times to contact Anderson through voice messages and emails, requesting information for a candidate profile. He did not respond.

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