"I hereby apply and offer the following personal information to be used by city officials in their consideration of appointment to the upcoming vacancy in the Second Ward Newton council seat.
"Resident of Iowa since 1983 living now in Newton, Iowa since 2007. In January of 2009 after 36 years of loyal service I retired from positions with the USDA. In those years I established professional trusted relationships with industry leaders so as to collect private market information from them. I established national market reports daily on the prices of millions of dollars of their purchases and production transactions. Each report disseminated included comments on industries transportation problems, prices paid or sold, supplies being offered, and the demand for their offerings and purchases of meat and livestock internationally and nationwide. I was in the business of making unbiased decisions on collected information and compiling reports, something I'm sure I would find useful as city council member.
"Served four years in the United State Air Force (1963-1967); Honorable discharge in 1967. After returning to Seattle, I worked in the aircraft industry at Boeings as an aircraft and engine mechanic for four years.
"Graduated from Washington State University with a degree in animal science and minor in agricultural mechanization in 1973. Hired after graduation by the USDA-AMS. Worked for them until retirement.
"Served elected voluntary positions on the Board of Directors of USDA Federal Credit Union for nine years (1992-2001) making decisions and voting on interest and loan rates for issued credit cards, auto loans and other money instruments use by the Credit Union to serve members.
"Served two years as President of Warren Co. Corvette Club; members since 2005. Presently serving as club's web site manager since 2007.
"Member of the National Harley Davidson Owners group.
"Member of Newton, First Baptist Church.
"Knowledgeable of computers, Windows operating system software and local and wide area internet connections and systems.
"Since Newton will be our retirement home for many years, my wife and I are very concerned in the directions and logic being used to solve infrastructure and city issues and obligations. I'm very interested in where federal, state, county and city responsibilities and jurisdiction begin and end. We would like to see all Newton residence (sic) concerns heard and questions answered in handling the city's future directions, financial obligations, and funding."
Larry L. Johnson, Sr.