RANDOLPH — Current village trustees Jim Boomsma and Todd Ehlenfeldt will face off in the April 2 election for village president in Randolph.
Current village president Linda Vanderploeg opted not to seek another term in office, after serving one term as the first female village president in Randolph.
Boomsma still has one year remaining for his trustee seat. Ehlenfeldt is also running as a candidate for village trustee.
Boomsma has served as a village trustee for 13 years. He is retired, but serves as a hunter safety instructor. He is a past member of the Randolph Christian School board, a former member of the Kiwanis Club, served on his church council and worked part-time as a police officer for six years.
Boomsma has lived in the area since childhood. He and his wife, Justine, have five children and 12 grandchildren.
He is running for office because he has an interest in the village and hopes to see it grow.
“I will do the best I can to serve the village of Randolph and village residents,” Boomsma wrote.
He would like to see more people willing to serve on the village board and to promote other community involvement. He feels the biggest challenge the community faces is supporting and keeping local businesses, attracting new businesses and housing and “keeping the village operating properly without increasing taxes.”
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 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 faces is continuing the services 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. “If elected to village president, I will hold a weekly open door session at village hall. This will allow for a face-to-face meeting with anyone who has questions or concerns about all aspects of village polices, practices and services.”