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Steve Cederberg of Shelley is running for Bingham County commissioner, seeking to replace the retiring Cleone Jolley. He is among six Republican candidates for the post who are seeking votes in the May 15 primary.
â€œWe have a GREAT county and it has been well-run," Cederberg said. "I consider Cleon Jolley to have been a valuable asset to the county and a friend. He leaves behind big shoes to fill, but I believe my well-rounded background and experience with local and state government, roads and bridges, docks and waterways and other county entities makes me a very strong candidate.
"For the past 18 months I have been serving on the Bingham County Planning and Zoning Commission, "Cederberg said. "That appointment by the Bingham County commissioners has brought me a strong awareness of county needs and bylaws."
Cederberg has served in a variety of public service and government positions. He served on Shelley's planning and zoning commission for five years, on the Shelley City Council for eight years and on the Idaho Department. of Parks and Recreation Waterway Approval Committee for 12 years.
He served as chairman of the Bingham County Sheriff's Office waterways committee during some of that time.
"During my service, I have been an integral part of writing and obtaining grant money for Shelley city parks, county boat docks and ramps and necessary radios, sonar equipment and other lifesaving equipment for local police officers and marine deputies," Cederberg said.
" I have volunteered time and resources to help with the marine deputy training for the state of Idaho for the past 12 years," Cederbrg said. "This has brought me some great associations and given me a rare insight to the dedication and skills of our local law enforcement officers and needs for improvement to our waterways."
Cederberg is a lifelong resident of Bingham County. He grew up in Firth, attending Firth schools, then moving to Blackfoot and living in Shelley. Steve and his wife Sheryl have been married 43 years. They have five children and 12-1/2 grandchildren (one on the way).
Steve has been involved in farming for several years in the Firth area. He has been a business owner in both Blackfoot and Shelley, and has been an employee at 20th Century Ford-Dodge for over 20 years. He said his many customers recognize him as someone they can count on and trust.
"It will be my policy to keep a tight rein on the budget while still encouraging economic development," Cederberg concluded. "I would have an open door to the people of the county and appreciate valid input. I would like to see additional roadways and improvement to traffic flow, and keep our country a safe and desirable place to live and prosper."