Southern Madison County attorney Erin Hardisty is one of two Republicans running for Madison County Supervisor. She has a GOP primary with Heather Stancil of Earlham next week.
Hardisty is married and has two children, and a third on the way, with husband Ryan, a civil engineer in Urbandale. The couple has been married for nearly six years. They have a three-year-old daughter and a son that just celebrated his first birthday.
Erin is originally from the Afton area, while Ryan grew up just north of Lorimor. The couple live in rural Truro.
Hardisty, who was an assistant Madison County attorney for three years, says her family enjoys the county.
“I love Madison County. I think it’s a great place to live and a great place to work ... I want it to be a better place.”
Hardisty see roads “are a big issue” but, says turbines are the biggest issue which has recently come to the fore.
Hardisty says she would probably be considered anti-turbine, but says she is “always open for discussion on most any topic”.
She says she would favor “at least a mile setback” on the turbines. She also says that with the Macksburg Wind Park, and once the lawsuit on the Earlham area wind farm is settled, that she thinks “we would be approaching a limit at that point” on the number of overall turbines in the county.
“For me, it’s a complex issue,” she says.
“I do think that there needs to be really significant limits on when, where, and how they go up to protect the property rights of the surrounding people.
“They really do impact surrounding landowners in a big way.”
Hardisty says she believes Supervisor Diane Fitch’s proposed ordinance is “most closely in line with what I would be looking at as a supervisor.”
Hardisty say she has been pleased that the county has stepped up efforts to put more gravel on the county roads in the past several years, but more needs to be done.
“Getting more rock on the roads, more equipments, to be able to maintain the roads more frequently, and the other options for getting our more frequently gravel roads paved. That’s a huge undertaking. It’s so expensive.”
“I think we need to be looking at which roads we need to be paving, and which roads need to be repaved.
“It’s a hard issue. Just the sheer cost of maintaining what we have and also improving what needs to be improved.”
As far as the current pandemic environment is concerned, Hardisty knows all too keenly how people are being affected.
“I feel particularly affected by it ... expecting a baby in the middle of a pandemic has been uniquely challenging.”
Hardisty says she has pulled back on some of the pandemic news because “it was too much information.”
“I don’t think Iowa is as affected as a lot of the other more hot spot areas like New York.”
“I do agree with the governor on the fact that there has to be a balance between trying to prevent the spread, trying to keep people healthy and also trying to keep our state running and keep people healthy in an economic sense.”
“Everything for me is a cost-benefit analysis and try to strike a balance.”