Newly elected commissioner ready for work

Newly elected commissioner ready for work

Reports from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a steady net migration of residents out of Dickinson County since 2013.

Ben Castleberry, 27, said he understands why young people are leaving. But this is his hometown — he believes it can have a viable future and he is seeing positive movement in the right direction, which is why he ran for city commission, he said.

“I’m really intrigued in what this town is trying to do, where we’re trying to go,” he said. “I wanted to be a part of it. I want to see if I can help our community grow — I don’t want to see the community fail.”

The 2011 Herington High School graduate won the election and will take his seat at the table in January.

He has visited with the other commissioners and has been catching up on the issues and opportunities, which are part of Herington’s fabric. When the community starts to grow, it can entice young people to settle down and start their families here.

He said it is possible. It will take a while, but it can happen with leadership and a strong vision.

“The four commissioners I am going to be joining have all sat down with me and we’ve talked the strategy through,” he said. “It’s going to be 10, 15, 20 years ... but I think we could start passing down notes, passing down ideas to the next generation and try to at least get the ball rolling. And maybe they can add on or improve our ideas as time goes.”

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