RANDOLPH — Three incumbents and one former trustee are running for three open seats on the Randolph Village Board. Incumbents Richard Nieman, Steve Oosterhouse and Todd Ehlenfeldt will face challenger Ron Lueptow.
Nieman has served as a village trustee since 1980. He is a member of the Randolph Fire Department and Randolph VFW post.
He has lived in the area for 54 years and at his home in Randolph for 42 years. He and his wife have three sons and four grandchildren.
Nieman is running for office because he feels he has made a difference over the years and would like to continue making a difference in the future.
“I always try to keep the taxpayers’ best interests in mind,” Nieman wrote.
He feels the biggest challenge Randolph faces is “to keep moving in a positive direction and keep taxes manageable.”
Lueptow served for three terms as a village trustee and is seeking a fourth term. He has lived in the area most of his life.
He and his wife, Pat, belong to Friedens Evangelical Lutheran Church, where they participate in the congregation and volunteer their services with maintenance and church activities. Lueptow serves on the church council.
He said his previous six years on the village board were focused on preserving the peaceful residential neighborhoods of Randolph while enhancing both leisure and business opportunities in the community.
“I made sure the village’s pool and beautiful park remained open and fully operational. I helped to organize community and fundraising activities at the local library, resulting in new books and technology, which has significantly increased community attendance,” Lueptow wrote. “I strongly encouraged the growth of Randolph’s business park, which would create numerous jobs for our community.”
He said if he is elected, he will use his knowledge and experience to ensure the preservation of Randolph’s most valued assets, providing families and community youths with plenty of quality activities to help them learn and grow in a fun and safe environment.
“I will work to continue to maintain the high quality of local schools and work toward growing Randolph’s economic prospects, promoting new businesses and continuing to support the development of the local business park,” Lueptow wrote.
Ehlenfeldt has served as a village trustee for four years. He is president of the Discover Dodge Tourism Group, and member of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce Randolph Economic Development board, Columbia County Economic Development Corporation and the Columbia County Tourism Board.
Ehlenfeldt has lived in Randolph for more than 10 years, and has lived in the area since childhood. He runs HeavenScent Bed and Breakfast with his wife, Beth. The couple has two daughters and two grandsons.
He said he is running for office to continue to serve the citizens and employees of Randolph and to give back to the community that has been so good to him and his wife.
“I bring a positive, no-nonsense fair attitude to the committees I serve on and will continue to do so,” Ehlenfeldt wrote.
Ehlenfeldt would like to see more citizen involvement in community affairs and for Randolph’s business park to grow. He feels the biggest challenge the community is faced with is continuing the services the citizens have come to expect while seeing less and less state and federal aid.
“Our challenges the past few years will continue as we use our best judgement in allocating the resources given to use by taxpayers,” Ehlenfeldt wrote.
Oosterhouse has served as a village trustee since 1999, and has lived in Randolph since 1979. He’s been a member of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce since 1992, a member of the Cambria Chamber of Commerce since 2010, has served corn during the Labor Day Corn Carnival for the last 20 years, and has been a member of Randolph Protestant Reformed Church since 1974. He and his wife, Ev, have four children and four grandchildren. He works in insurance and investment sales for Rural Mutual Insurance Company and the Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company.
Oosterhouse is running for office because he really enjoys the community of Randolph.
“It is a great village to live in and raise a family,” he wrote.
He cites his 14 years of experience and service on several different committees as reasons someone should vote for him. Oosterhouse would like to see growth in Randolph’s business park. He feels the biggest challenge Randolph faces is bringing jobs to the community and trying to keep taxes down.