Two vie for Eagle Grove Mayoral seat in upcoming November election

Sandy McGrath

By Travis Fischer

As election day approaches, residents of Eagle Grove will be asked to select their choice of Mayor for the 2018-19 term.

Incumbent Mayor Sandy McGrath is running for a third term in the position, looking to defend her seat from a challenge by council member Danny Vandewater.

A lifelong Eagle Grove resident, McGrath has been a registered nurse for 30 years and has worked for the county since 2003. Last year she took on the position of County Environmental Health Administrator, writing grants, addressing nuisances, and issuing permits for private septic systems in rural areas.



Denny Vandewater

By Kim Demory Denny

Vandewater has been a resident of Eagle Grove for 36 years. Married to Nancy, 3 children raised in Eagle Grove, and 12 grandchildren. Graduated from Iowa State University in Fish & Wildlife Biology with Chemistry minor. During that time, he has become a successful business owner of Sadler Coating Systems, become part owner of Sadler Construction, continued to manage the family farm in southern Iowa where he grew up, served as the former SPFA Chairman of National Profession Certification and Education Committee, is the immediate past president of Insulation and Roofing National Non-Profit Trade Association Board of Directors (SPFA), served as a board member of the Grace E Free Church, served on the Wright County Conservation board, served on the Hidden Acres Christian Center board (Dayton, IA), Graduated 2013 from the Iowa League of Cities Municipal Leadership Academy, and has held an Eagle Grove City Council seat for the past six years. This coming November, he’s hoping to add Eagle Grove Mayor to the list.

Since 2011, Vandewater has represented Ward 3 of Eagle Grove as their Councilman. One of the most important accomplishments he’s seen during that time, to him, has included being a part of the drafting of the 2015 Eagle Grove Comprehensive Plan.

“It’s like a blueprint of where Eagle Grove has been and where we are going,” he said. “It’s a road map to success.”


Read about both in the October 5 edition.