SIOUX CITY | Woodbury County Board member George Boykin and county Treasurer Mike Clayton plan to run for re-election.

Boykin, a Democrat from Sioux City, was elected to the board in 1984. He is among the longest-tenured board members in Iowa, and trails only Larry Clausen, who was first elected in 1982, in service on the Woodbury County Board.

Clayton, a Republican from Salix, worked for the Treasurer Department for 10 years before winning his first term in 2010. Clayton, 68, wants to continue to run the office smoothly, and focus on customer service.

"I'm still in good health, I'm still excited about the job," Clayton told the Journal. "I've done a good job. I've held my expenses down. We haven't had a budget increase in five years."

The treasurer oversees collection of property taxes, issues titles and registrations for vehicles and collects fees for hunting and fishing licenses for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

While the office is functioning well, Clayton said, he will discuss possible minor changes during the months before the election.

The County Board sets the budget and policies for county departments.

Boykin, 74, said tenure has benefits, as proven by the more than 20 years of experience by Gov. Terry Branstad and U.S. Sens. Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley.

"Experience has been a tremendous benefit," he said. "Our electorate wants people with experience and a good record of production."

Boykin said he's served during a time when county leaders have provided sound services within a reasonable budget. The County Board on Tuesday is set to adopt a $51 million budget for fiscal year 2014-15 with a slight property tax increase.

"I think what we have done well is keep the budget under control so we've not had to raise taxes drastically over 20 years."

Candidates for county office have until March 26 to file nomination papers.

Treasurer, attorney and two County Board positions go before voters in November. County Board member David Tripp, a Republican from Sioux City, previously said he is seeking re-election in District 4. Boykin is running in District 2.


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