SIOUX CITY | A Sioux City man on Wednesday filed to run for a Woodbury County Board seat, setting up a primary contest with another Democrat to become the party's nominee for the November election.

John DiBerardino said he wants to increase his community involvement by serving on the County Board. He aims to support working families in the county, he said.

DiBerardino, 50, is a journeyman electrician for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 231 union. He is a Connecticut native who moved in 2003 to Sioux City, where his wife was raised. He previously owned two businesses.

"I know I can be a big help just with my experiences in business and working with people," DiBerardino said.

He said he'll come with an open mind to the task of providing good services to county residents. He particularly wants to ensure there is a sound road system in Woodbury County.

"There are times to rock the boat and times not to," DiBerardino said.

The County Board District 4 seat is held by David Tripp, a Republican from Sioux City. Tripp is seeking re-election.

Alex Watters, a Democrat from Sioux City, announced his candidacy for the seat this week. A June 3 primary vote will determine the nominee.

DiBerardino said having a primary opponent will spur him to be at the top of his game as he campaigns.

The filing deadline for county office is March 26. The Woodbury County positions up for election in 2014 are County Board seats in Districts 2 and 4, along with the attorney and treasurer posts. All four incumbents are seeking re-election.

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