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Rosien announces mayoral candidacy

By David Hotle | Sep 05, 2017

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


Citing his passion for serving the community of Washington and saying he wishes to continue, Washington City Council Ward 4 representative Jaron Rosien turned in his petition to run for mayor in the November election Friday afternoon.

After taking over the Ward 4 seat from retiring council member Fred Stark four years ago, Rosien said he is proud of much of the work the council has done since he has been on the council. He also said the city still has a lot to work on. He noted the mayor does not have a vote on city council, but does have the ability to work with the city administrator, department heads, city employees and members of council. He also said more importantly, the mayor is an advocate for the citizens of the City of Washington.

“I believe the city has a lot to work on,” Rosien said. “City infrastructure remains a top priority. We also have the needs of the fire station, and the development of the wellness park,which was a resounding priority according to citizen input in the city comprehensive plan. We also just sold the very first lot in the new industrial park. We have a definite need for housing and efforts to develop and meet those needs are ongoing.”

Rosien also expressed the desire to work on stabalizing rates for such things as sewer and water. He also said it is important to spend taxpayer money wisely. One of the things he has learned since serving is the amount of maintenance the city requires. While he said many of the projects the city has done aren’t obvious, they are important to the continuing function of the city. He gave the example of the city putting off the streetscape project to fund additional work on inflow and infiltration in the city’s sewer system.

Born and raised in Washington, Rosien graduated from Washington High School in 2003. He attended college in Ohio and at Kirkwood Community College. He transferred to the University of Iowa, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology. Currently he owns J.P.’s 207 restaurant, which has been open for over 5 years.

“When I was in high school, I never thought I would have landed back in Washington, or would like it so much,” Rosien said. “It has been great and I enjoy being part of this community.”

Potential candidates for mayor or city council can file until 5 p.m. Sept. 21 in either city hall or the Washington County Auditor’s office. City Clerk Illa Earnest said she has not received any other candidate petitions yet.

Rosien also said he has “tremendous respect” for sitting mayor Sandra Johnson and her 18 years of service as council member and mayor.

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