HOOPER -- One incumbent and three newcomers hope to hold one of the two four-year seats on the city council.
Richard Hull and Scott Scoffield are vying for District 1 and 2, while Brett Stephenson and Brad Ostler want to represent Districts 4 and 5.
Incumbent Richard Hull, 70, says his family has received a lot from Hooper and he wants to give back to the community that has served five generations of his family going back to 1859 when his ancestors settled on some of the same ground he lives on today.
"I have served on the council for the past four years and hope to give back to the community by serving another four years."
"Because I have a farming background and know what the farmers of Hooper face today, I want to assure that their interests are protected. In the same sense, we need to see growth both in industry and commercial, but it has to be done with proper planning, in the right places, and at the right time."
"In Hooper, we are all immigrants ... I've just been here longer than some, but others have the right to live out here also and enjoy the rural atmosphere. I will continue to make sound judgments and sound decisions that affect all citizens of Hooper."
Scott Scoffield, 58, has lived in Hooper for 28 years, and considers himself a moderate individual. He said he grew up on a dairy farm and has recently retired after working almost 30 years as a pharmacist.
"The biggest issue facing Hooper today is growth in terms of new families moving into our community. We need to manage wisely the issues of zoning, water, sewer or septic systems, law enforcement, and taxes that this growth will create."
"People want to live in this community because of its country atmosphere and I feel that striving to maintain Hooper's rural heritage is as important as welcoming new growth."
"As a member of the council, common sense will always guide me in managing the future changes we face in an effort to preserve that heritage. I will always be prepared to ask the question, "Does it make sense?"
Brett Stephenson, 42, has lived in Hooper all of his life and loves the friendliness, remoteness and low crime the country offers.
But he believes the hottest issue in Hooper today is its rapid growth and the need for those that serve to keep the rural atmosphere alive by making hard decisions on logic and not emotion.
"Landowners have the right to develop their land as they see fit, but it is the city's job to ensure that those developments meet the needs of the city and enhance our community," Stephenson said.
"I have a conservative fiscal background that will help me get the most out of a limited budget since it is the job of government to do more with less and not just look for ways to get more through different taxes."
Stephenson said that while growth is going to happen, he looks forward to making sure that it doesn't come at the expense of Hooper's rural atmosphere and that its great heritage is protected.
Brad Ostler, 50, said he has lived in the small country town of Hooper for eight years and wants to keep its country lifestyle and remain a close-knit community, but he said he knows that growth both in population and business development is inevitable.
"There is a need to mix the rooted country folks with the new country folks. I just want to be a common voice of reason while trying to represent those who don't necessarily have generational roots here in Hooper but have moved here to enjoy the country atmosphere just the same."
Ostler said proper management of zoning and fiscal accountability is crucial.
"I have owned and operated my own business, Ostler Wall Covering, for over 25 years and I know that planning and charting a course that balances the community needs with the financial limits of a city are essential for success."