[Q&A] Marty Mauk, Ward 2 DSM City Council Candidate

Marty Mauk Wants To Work From The Inside Out

By Dick Murphy

Marty Mauk 2nd Ward City Council Candidate - Des Moines

Marty Mauk, Des Moines 2nd Ward City Council Candidate

For most of his adult life living in the Northeast neighborhood of Des Moines, Marty Mauk has worked from the Outside In. He has served on and led the Neighborhood Advisory Board, Northeast Neighbors, and Des Moines Neighbors just to name a few of his activities.

This owner of a small business is seeking the Ward 2 seat on the Des Moines City Council because he is ready to work from the inside serving people on the outside. He has believes he can help the city become more transparent and improve services.

His experience has taught him that the Council needs to make some tough decisions developing the next budget. “We have cut out the fat,” says Mauk. He has some ideas the city needs to address our budget dilemma.

On Thursday, October 28, Dick Murphy, Chair of the Endorsement committee for the Iowa Bystander, interviewed Mauk about his vision for Ward 2 and the City of Des Moines.

Learn more about what Mauk wants to and listen to the interview he conducted with UrbanIowaToday.com (UIT), here below. 



Publisher’s Note

By Jonathan Narcisse

Months ago I met with Marty Mauk at the Gateway Market and Linda Westergaard at Palmer’s Deli. I shared with both candidates the opportunity to send our publication releases, position papers, etc…

Mauk has sent a dozen or more items for publication. Westergaard has not sent a single item.

As the election neared Dick Murphy, former President of the Des Moines School Board and Chair of our endorsement committee contacted both candidates for Ward 2 about interviews.

Mauk obviously responded, Westergaard, despite saying she wanted to do an interview, never got back to Murphy.

Because we have added new media products and made major format changes in our other publications this fall, combined with the absence of major contested races in the major communities we serve – Des Moines where three of the four seats are virtually uncontested, Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale and West Des Moines, we decided not to endorse this Municipal Election cycle. Instead we decided we would do interviews with the two candidates in the major contested race in the Greater Metropolitan community. Unfortunately only one responded.

While we are going to honor our commitment to not endorse Westergaard’s lack of responsiveness raises the question,

If she is inaccessible now to a local media serving thousands of her potential constituents how accessible will she be if elected – especially since contributors were able to access her such as the Realtors Association that contributed tens of thousands to her campaign.” 

Meanwhile Mauk and his campaign have been very responsive and have also been very aggressive in reaching out to our readers.

Just food for thought as you enter the voting booth or share with friends in Ward 2 how they might vote.


[Q&A] Des Moines Police Chief Wingert

Des Moines Police Chief Wingert

Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert

Chief Dana Wingert didn’t grow up dreaming about being a police officer. He was a married construction worker whose wife filled out the application for him and told him he was going to become a cop.

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, UrbanIowaToday.com (UIT) sat down with Chief Wingert to discuss his journey to becoming Des Moines’ top cop as well as his vision for the state’s largest police department.

[Q&A] Des Moines Playhouse: An Iowa Treasure

The year was 1919: Former President Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep at the age of 60; the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect banning alcohol for recreational use in America; the White Sox throw the World Series, Babe Ruth is sold for $125,000 and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not debuts.

Oh, and the Des Moines Playhouse opens its first full season.

Lee-Ann Bakros and Nikki Syverson

Lee-Ann Bakros and Nikki Syverson

On Thursday, October 1, 2015, UrbanIowaToday.com (UIT) had the opportunity to sit down with Nikki Syverson, Development Director for The Playhouse and Lee Ann Bakros, Marketing & Public Relations Director/Group Sales Director for The Playhouse and discuss a myriad of topics from the organization’s upcoming Halloween Party to the upcoming season on the Mainstage and the Kate Goldman Children’s season.

Pictured L-R: Lee Ann Bakros & Nikki Syverson