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October 19, 2017 Waiting on endorsements, for now
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It is pretty unusual for me to wait on endorsements. I pay pretty close attention to candidates, and typically endorse early. In 2016, I was the first elected official in the whole country to endorse Bernie Sanders.

But not this time. Not in Iowa’s Gubernatorial primary. This time, I am waiting a while.

My fellow Supervisors have not. Janelle Rettig endorsed Cathy Glasson several months ago. Mike Carberry endorsed Glasson a couple weeks ago,

nd Kurt Friese endorsed her a few days later.

So why am I waiting? First, I worked very hard on the Iowa City Community School District bond campaign. It was like having a second job for 5 months. Secondly, I worked hard for a couple School District candidates. Finally, I’m planning on working very hard on the upcoming City Council elections.

Local politics is important. The Gubernatorial people will do just fine without me, but City Council candidates just might need my help.

So, I will certainly endorse a candidate, but not until after the Nov. 7 city elections. Though I’m not endorsing just yet, it’s worth noting I have good relationships with several of the candidates.

There are two candidates with Johnson County roots,and I have known both a long time. I met Cathy Glasson through my good friends Sarah Swisher and Pauline Taylor. Ross Wilburn first ran for the Iowa City Council in 1997, and I recall introducing myself to him at that time. So that means I’ve known each for 20 years. Cathy’s husband is the President of my union, AFT 716. Ross’ daughter Alex is one of my daughter Jordan’s best friends.

But believe it or not, that is not even close to the longest I have known a Gubernatorial candidate! I met John Norris when he headed up the Jesse Jackson campaign in the 1980s!

As for the other candidates - I have met Andy McGuire on a few occasions, I have met Nate Boulton three or four times, but only since the last Legislative session. I have met Jon Niederbach two or three times, and I have never met Fred Hubbell.

So how about you, Salvos readers? Do you support Governor Reynolds, Mayor Corbett, or one of the Dems?

IC Human Rights Awards

The Iowa City Human Rights Commission is hosting its annual Human Rights Awards Breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 a.m. at the Iowa memorial Union.

Human Rights matter, and it is great to see a community that recognizes that.

I want to call particular attention to the Bill Reagan Award, which this year is going to my friend Greg Hearns. The President of the Iowa City Federation of Labor, Greg is a great guy who really works hard and never takes his eye off the goal of social justice. He is also the first winner in the 30+ year history of the awards whose primary interest is organized labor. It’s about time!

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