I was pleased to see Darren Jakel running for Rogers City Council. I’ve known Darren for over 10 years. The first time
we met was after his son stayed overnight. I commented to my wife, “That Jakel boy is so polite and well-behaved. He must come from good family stock.” And he did.
Darren has always been involved in the community. One way is coaching youth sports. I had the opportunity to be a part of his coaching staff one year. The kids referred to me as the “assistant bench coach” because I had no idea what I was doing. But I learned a great deal by watching Darren interact with the kids and parents. His patience was amazing. He knew winning every game was not the most important thing. He worked with the kids on developing fundamental skills, made sure everyone felt they were an important part of the team, and then led us into the state tournament. That was a great season.
Darren also taught my son’s confirmation class and brought along my older son as a “junior guide.” Both looked forward to going each week and both learned a lot from Darren.
If you’ve gone to any Rogers football games, you’ve seen Darren there. Not because he wants to watch football, that’s secondary. He loves to “work the crowds.” And the crowds love visiting with him. He is someone who would rather listen than talk and he genuinely cares about what people say.
Let’s be honest. A lot of folks run for office to serve their own interests. Not Darren. A strong, patient, family man who listens to his fellow Rogers citizens, dedicated to public service, and coming to the table with no private agenda. Darren Jakel would make a great addition to our Rogers City Council. — Jerry Gelle, Rogers