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SIOUX CITY | A Morningside College administrator said Monday he plans to challenge incumbent Woodbury County Board member David Tripp in November. 

Alex Watters, 27, a Democrat, is running for the District 4 seat, which covers Sioux City. Tripp was elected in 2010 as a Republican and has announced plans to seek re-election. 

Watters said the County Board needs a new view on issues.

“I believe that Woodbury County’s best years are ahead of us, and that we need a fresh perspective moving forward on the board of supervisors," he said.

Watters grew up in Northwest Iowa and moved to Sioux City in 2005 to attend Morningside, where he received an undergraduate degree. He worked for the U.S. Department of Education and received a master's degree in negotiation and dispute resolution from Creighton University.

The master's degree will be useful on the County Board, Watters said.

"We need to collaborate with people across the county to make sure that we're all moving forward and working together," he said.

The County Board term is four years.

The filing deadline for county candidates is March 26. Watters said he plans to file his papers Tuesday.


County and education reporter

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