Published On: Wed, Feb 8th, 2012

Randolph man says he understands public service

RANDOLPH —  Randolph resident Jerry Wiese has always believed in public service.
He hopes to take that belief into county-wide office by serving as County Commissioner in District Two.
Wiese filed in January to seek the District Two seat, which encompasses the southern portion of Cedar County. Marlen Kraemer, Laurel,  has held the seat since 1985.

Wiese is familiar with people all across the county. He has traveled across a lot of the gravel roads in Cedar County with his custom hay grinding business.
“I like to be out among people – I know a lot of people in the district and across the whole county,” Wiese said.
Wiese does not take the job as Cedar County Commissioner lightly.
In his campaign for the commissioner position, he has already made a commitment to the people in Cedar County to, “Stop, listen and then look for the best solution.”
Several people encouraged Wiese to file for the District two spot.
“They told me to go for it,” Wiese said. “I am ready for the challenge.”
Wiese believes the budget will be one of the bigger challenges he would be facing as commissioner.
Wiese has experience working with finances and a history of service to his community and to his country.
He served on the Randolph School Board for 12 years and has put in 14 years on his church council.
Wiese has been the owner/operator of his own business for 35 years and has completed several business classes at Northeast Community College, Norfolk.
Wiese is also a Vietnam War veteran. Wiese’s military service includes two years of active duty with the Army infantry. He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds he received while in Vietnam.
He is a life-time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the American Legion and is currently the Commander for Randolph’s Post 5545.
Wiese also holds a private pilot’s license and a real estate broker’s license. He has also completed auctioneer school.
For enjoyment, Wiese and his wife, Debra, also belong to the Gold Wing Road Riders Association. He is  the assistant director for the local Chapter.
“Every Thursday night we ride motorcycles with the group and go out for supper – plus there are Chapter meetings once a month,” Wiese said.
Wiese and his wife have two sons.
Jason is a high school teacher and coach for the Arlington Public School. Justin is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is currently serving as the interim pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church, Hartington and at the Lutheran Church, Crofton.
The Wiese family also includes two grandsons.