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There’s only one contested city council race in Des Moines' western suburbs.

In Windsor Heights there are four candidates vying for two at-large seats on Nov. 3. Incumbents Charlene Butz and Dave Burgess face challengers Zachary Bales-Henry and Threase Harms.

While all four candidates have one goal in common — increased economic development in the city of nearly 5,000 — they differ on the approach the city should take.

Newcomer, Threase Harms, said it’s important for the City Council to encourage smart and innovative growth in the small spaces that are left to be developed.

Harms,41,said she wants to see Windsor Heights become a “destination in the metro” similar to Valley Junction or Beaverdale. To do so, the city would need to attract shopping and  entertainment, as well  as encourage existing businesses to revamp  their properties.

“I feel like we’re at a place where the demographics of the City  Council don’t really represent the changing demographics of Windsor  Heights today,” she said. Both challengers said there needs to be  younger members on the council.

“I feel like I canbring a different voice and a different perspective, as  well as some significant leadership skills,” Harms said.

 Full Story at:  heights/2015/10/16/challengers-hope-unseat-two-windsor-heights-  incumbents/74046292/



Four candidates have filed to run for two open seats on the Windsor Heights City Council.

Incumbents Dave Burgess and Charlene Butz will face challengers Zachary Bales-Henry and Threase Harms in the Nov. 3 election. Both seats serve Windsor Heights at-large.

Burgess was first elected to the City Council in 2011; Buntz in 2007.

Bales-Henry is a realtor and operates a RE/MAX Precision branch in Clive. Harms is the owner of Advocacy Strategies, a local lobbying firm.

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 It was a beautiful morning to join the keep Windsor Heights Beautiful Committee and several neighbors as we picked up trash around the community. Glad to see my good friend Sarah Dixson-Gale and her family out Volunteering as well!



Threase Harms announces run for Windsor Heights City Council

Windsor Heights, IA – September 16, 2015 -- Threase Harms, a small business owner and active community leader today announced her candidacy for Windsor Heights City Council.

“Windsor Heights needs strong leaders with new ideas and an eye for business to address the diverse needs of our community,” she said. “I look forward to being that voice on the council, and will represent our entire community to build a thriving city.”

A resident of Windsor Heights for more than 14 years, Threase said choosing this city as her home has been a rewarding decision, and it’s time for her to give back.

“Windsor Heights is the heart of it all” she said, “– Windsor Heights was our choice because it was a small community in the middle of the metro, the available housing was good, the neighborhoods where friendly, the services were second to none and my son had access to a first class education were deciding factors when I chose where to raise my family. After years of officing downtown, I decided to relocate my business to Windsor Heights as well. I wanted to be more connected to this business community, invested in the community where I live and I want to position Windsor Heights as the thriving connected community that’s the first choice for metro area families and businesses.

“I care deeply about this community,” she said. “I want to build upon our foundation of being a safe and vibrant community and make it an even better place to live, work and raise a family for generations to come.”

Threase, President and CEO of Advocacy Strategies, a consulting firm, says she represents a faction of the community not currently represented on the Council. “Not only am I a small business owner, I represent a generation in the city that needs more voice on the council,” she said.

Harms also has the experience to serve Windsor Heights..  “Serving on several boards throughout the greater metro area, I’ve collaborated with other leaders, delivering sustainable solutions for the success of the organizations I support. I will bring that experience and fresh perspective we need to the Windsor Heights City Council on behalf of ALL our citizens.”

As a business professional and parent, Threase understands the issues.  “I’m committed to addressing the concerns of all stakeholders - finding workable solutions that are good for our families, our seniors and our businesses.

Threase says her campaign will focus on restoring and improving core city services such as health and safety, complete streets, and safe neighborhoods; reestablishing a working relationship with the school districts to ensure students have the services they need; bringing economic development opportunities to attract new businesses and keep taxes low; and working to maintain a strong housing market.

Threase, 40, has a 12-year-old son, Mikail, who attends Indian Hills Junior High and is married to Rick Wagaman, marketing and sales professional in Urbandale.

For more information about Threase’s campaign, please visit her Facebook page at

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 11:15 PM


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