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Mary Essary Hoyer announces candidacy for county supervisor

Mar 27, 2014
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Mary Essary Hoyer

Mary Essary Hoyer, 64, Salem, filed nomination papers Wednesday for the Democratic party nomination for Henry County supervisor.

Hoyer, thus far, is the lone Democrat running for the four-year term. Incumbent Republican Marc Lindeen has announced he will seek re-election and is the only announced Republican candidate.

“Growing up in Iowa, I know how important a community is, and I care deeply about our rural heritage,” Hoyer said in announcing her candidacy. “Now that I am retired, I have the time and energy for the job of supervisor, as well as the business and volunteer experience that tells me I would be able to make a positive contribution.

“I also believe that it would be good for the county — for all of the county — that the board has a member who lives in one of the more rural areas,” she continued. “We all face similar challenges, but not exactly in the same mix — a broader perspective can only help with the board’s understanding.”

A native of Lee County, she is the oldest of the five children of Walter and Erma Fullenkamp. She grew up on the family farm north of West Point, now operated by her younger brother Roger. Hoyer’s mother was a teacher and her father a farmer and also was a member of the Lee County Conservation Commission and Lee County Zoning Board.

Hoyer graduated from Marquette High School and attended the University of Iowa. She finished her degree in chemistry at Loyola University, New Orleans, La. Following graduate courses at the University of California-Berkley, she joined Conherent, Inc., Scientific Division and a member of the sales marketing team. Conherent, located in Santa Clara, Calif., produces laser and related equipment to the research, medical and manufacturing communities.

She spent 15 years in sales and sales management in the laser industry, interrupted by a 10-year period when she was primarily a mother, volunteering extensively in the local school and community in Harvard, Ma.

While in high school she met her husband, Steve Hoyer, a resident of Salem. They married in 2010 and in the fall of 2011, moved back home to Iowa.

Currently the chairman of the Henry County Democratic Party, Hoyer has been active in the Salem community, serving as treasurer of the Salem Friends of the Library along with other volunteer activities.

For more information about her experience and campaign, she can be contacted at





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