Edelen is council candidate Mary B. Edelen Mary B. Edelen has announced that she will be a candidate for the Vermillion City Council from the Central Ward.
Edelen is a lifelong resident of Vermillion and the Central Ward. She is actively involved in the community and serves as a volunteer board member for many organizations including the Welcome Table, Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Center for Children and Families, USD
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Foundation, Clay County Cancer Society (advocacy chair) and the Sioux Trails Girl Scout Council. She is currently serving as president of
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Faculty Woman's Club and is a member of the United Church of Christ (Congregational) where she serves on the Stewardship Committee.
Edelen is also a member of the South Dakota Nurses Foundation and serves on the American Nurses Credentialing Center's board of directors.
Edelen retired in 2003 after serving over eight years as directory of the S.D. State Historical Society. Prior to her tenure with the historical society, she represented Clay County for 18 years in the S.D. State House of Representatives.
"Serving as a member of the Vermillion City Council would be a great privilege and honor and a way that I can work with the other city council members and the citizens of our great city to tackle some of the issues that face our community. My philosophy has always been to listen to the needs and concerns of the people. They hire and fire their elected officials and need to be taken seriously.
"If elected, I pledge to hold listening meetings for the citizens living in the Central Ward so they will have an opportunity to tell me what they think about Vermillion and to receive suggestions for ways to improve our great city. We want to make this a city where people will want to live, to go to school and to raise their families. If that is our goal, then we must make sure that whatever actions our city council and its employees take will work to make Vermillion a truly great city. Anyone who has a concern, question or suggestion may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me anytime."