Three candidates vie for two open Harmony City Council seats

Harmony’s mayor, Steve Donney, is seeking re-election and is on the ballot with no opposition. There are three candidates seeking two open council seats. Incumbents Kyle Morem and Steve Sagen are hoping to return to the council while Tony Webber is running for his first term.

Morem is a lineman for Dairyland Power, where he has worked for 12 years. He and his, wife, Tara, have been married for 10 years and have a son, Zachary, 8, and a daughter, Kylie, 5.  He is a member of the Harmony Fire Department and serves as a training officer. He and his family are members of Greenfield Lutheran Church.

Sagen is married to Jane and together they have five grown children. He is recently retired from Harmony Enterprises, where he had worked for 42 years. He has been active in the Harmony community through the JC’s, Men’s Club, Harmony Conservation Club, hunter safety instructor, Wildlife and Habitat of Fillmore County, Lions Club, Harmony Golf Club, Harmony Ambulance, Habitat for Humanity and Relay for Life.

Webber is a retired Fillmore County chief deputy. He has lived in Harmony for 25 years and enjoys hunting and fishing, riding bike and traveling. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and the National Wild Turkey Federation.

What has motivated you to file for this office?

Morem: I’ve been a part of the city council for a full term and would like to continue to see the city move forward and be a part of it.

Sagen: I have always been a promoter of Harmony’s growth and prosperity. I would like to see Harmony continue to grow by way of more new businesses, more new housing, and more people moving to the community, which will in turn, help out our schools and community.  

Webber: I have been in public service for 29 years and retired for 1.5 years. I miss the interaction I had with people and want to give back to the community in which I’ve lived for the past 25 years.

Name one characteristic you have that has enabled or would enable you to be a valuable member of this office.

Morem: I think I bring a viewpoint from a younger generation to the council. I represent the families with kids and young families and bring that perspective to the council.

Webber: I get along with people well and I’m a problem solver. In my career with the sheriff’s office, I have been able to successfully work with the county board of commissioners and multiple city councils in resolving many important issues. I believe my professional experience will be a great asset to the City of Harmony.

Name your top priority for your city and how you would like to see the city address that issue.

Morem: We have a lot of projects coming up, road and utility projects. I would like to see them move forward and not be shuffled to the wayside. I guess that is my main concern.

Sagen: I am committed to keeping the city’s financial state sound and within the budget. I would like to see Harmony continue to prosper while keeping taxes to a minimum.

Webber: I’d like to look to the future, plan for things that will come — to be proactive rather than reactive. Harmony has a lot of good stuff going on and I just want to work hard to keep that happening.