Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

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The Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, stands as a loyal advocate for workers’ rights and a pivotal force in shaping the political landscape of the state. With a steadfast commitment to championing the rights, welfare, and aspirations of Iowa’s workforce, the federation plays a crucial role in identifying, endorsing, and supporting candidates who share its dedication to empowering the labor community. Through strategic initiatives, grassroots mobilization, and a unified vision, the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, continues to contribute significantly to the election of candidates who prioritize and amplify the voices of workers across the state.

We represent over 42,000 members of 280 unions throughout Iowa.

The mission of the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO is to improve the lives of working families—to bring economic justice to the workplace and social justice to our state and the nation.

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Endorsements

The endorsed candidates or referendums listed below are local endorsements made by local union members at their Area Labor Federations. Local labor federations strive for only the best leaders in their communities. Civic engagement and public education create opportunities for people to be their very best and only those who support Labor and their priorities are chosen to be endorsed. Voting is the key function of a democratic society and we encourage all people to vote on Tuesday, November 7th or earlier at the polls or by absentee ballot.

Endorsed by South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO

City Council - Altoona

Julie Stewart

Julie Stewart



As a member of the Altoona City Council, I will work hard to make Altoona a better place for all residents—focusing on the things that I believe are vital to Altoona’s growth and the well-being of the residents: Economic Growth, Safety, and Education.

City Council - Ankeny

Jeff Perry

Jeff Perry



Jeff Perry is serving his first term on the Ankeny City Council. As a council member, he serves on the Bravo Greater Des Moines board.

Jeff and his wife Sylwia have lived in Ankeny since 2013. Sylwia is a corporate attorney for Wells Fargo.

Jeff was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. He has a B.A. degree from Western Michigan University, where he majored in political science. He works as an Lead Control Management Officer for Wells Fargo.

School Board - Ankeny

Shelly Northway

Shelly Northway



My name is Shelly Northway and I’m running for the Ankeny School Board.

My roots in Ankeny Schools run deep. I have put all 4 of my kids through Ankeny Schools. I also helped create Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) a program that connects passionate volunteers with the students and faculty that need them.

I can tell you from firsthand experience, while there is a lot that Ankeny Schools does well, there is also a lot of room for improvement.

This is why I am running for Ankeny School Board, to bring out the best in students, teachers, parents and faculty.

Mayor - Boone

Elijah Stines

Elijah Stines



I am someone who believes very deeply in the value and importance of public service that started when I was young, earning the rank of Eagle Scout in my hometown of Holstein. I continued that spirit of service into my adulthood by joining the Lions Club of Boone, serving as Secretary for four years and currently serving as the Club President.

My purpose for running for Mayor is primarily a continuation of my dedication to public service and the knowledge that I have the skills, dedication, and established record of hearing from and helping people from all walks of life, political backgrounds, and ages.

Mayor - Des Moines

Josh Mandelbaum

Josh Mandelbaum



Josh Mandelbaum is serving his second term as a Des Moines City Councilmember representing the 3rd Ward. Josh has led efforts to take strong local action on climate change, protect reproductive health care, make affordable housing more accessible, improve public safety, and make Des Moines’ transportation system work better for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. Josh has supported a significant increase in funding to fix old infrastructure helping launch the largest road repair initiative in city history and making significant investments in storm sewer upgrades.

City Council - Des Moines

Rob Barron

Rob Barron



I’m running to be a voice for families in Ward 1. I’m a Des Moines native, a father of two, and have lived in Beaverdale for the last 14 years. Please check out my page and reach out to me to talk about what matters most to you or to volunteer for our campaign!”

City Council - Des Moines

Jason Benell

Jason Benell



Jason is running for city council because there are many pressing issues that can be better addressed for Ward 4 by the city council.  Economic justice, social justice, and a more responsive local government are the main focuses of his campaign. The current holder of this seat has not focused on any of these issues, and at times, has stood in direct opposition to the best interests of the citizens of Ward 4. The time for a more responsive and future focused city council has come and Jason is excited to stand up for the residents of Des Moines and be an advocate for change, progress, and a more responsive local government.

City Council - Des Moines

Chelsea Lepley

Chelsea Lepley



Right matters.
Truth matters.
Your voice matters.


I’m a third-generation east-sider and first-generation college graduate, raised by a single dad who had a good union job and a lot of help from family. I’m an active resident and homeowner who’s totally invested in strengthening my community. I grew up here, chose to live and work here, and own a home here.

City Council - Des Moines

Carl Voss



Faith and family are cornerstones in Carl’s life, but his passions and work extend in meaningful ways to the city of Des Moines. Carl is the co-founder of the Des Moines Bicycle Collective and led the initiative to install bike racks on all MTA/DART buses. A board member of Friends of Des Moines Parks, he actively works to improve neighborhoods through park and trail projects. With grandchildren in the Des Moines Public School system and two sons who graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, Carl is a proud Des Moines resident working hard for all. He has volunteered his time and created service projects throughout the city–from diaper drives and Mitten Runs to youth soccer fields and the East Village Holiday Promenade.

School Board - Des Moines

Anna Campos



I will be running for DMPS District 3 school board seat this 2023 election. Born and raised in Des Moines, I was a student of this district. A lot has changed since I graduated from East High School, many years ago. The major one is Diversity. We have many students and staff with different backgrounds.

With having many languages and cultures in DMPS we see some strugles, we need to make sure our students and staff have the tools to succeed.

Safety has been a major issue with in the district, from reports of guns in school , to the victims of the shooting outside of East, to Ema’s death. We need to find a way to keep our kids safe.

School Board - I35 District

Union Member

Jeremy Maske



My wife, Christine, and I have three children– Ainsley, an I-35 Graduate, Jack, and Ivey currently students at Interstate 35 Community School District.  I am an employee of the federal government where I have been a National Officer and am currently a local president in the employee union.  I also serve on the Iowa Federation of Labor’s board of directors.

I believe that every student is capable of learning, and I believe that the school needs to be supported in order to assist every student in the pursuit of excellence.

School Board - Johnston

Jason Arnold

Jason Arnold



Hello, my name is Jason Arnold and I am running for the Johnston School Board. I am a community advocate and a Dad. I have two children, both of which are currently in Johnston Schools.

I first started working in Johnston a little over 23 years ago and have lived here for the past 11 years. In that time I have seen Johnston’s population absolutely explode, growing larger and more diverse than I ever could have imagined.

Unfortunately, in that same time period, I have seen a small but vocal contingent of far right activists gain a foothold on our school board.

Our students are now less prepared to take on our global, diverse economy.

I am running to change that!

Together we can work toward a better future for Johnston students, parents and educators.

School Board - Johnston

Lya Williams



My name is Lya Williams and I am running for the Johnston School Board.

I am currently a stay at home mother to a lovely son whom we are putting through Johnston Schools. Prior to that, I was an engineer who worked on projects throughout the state of Iowa and the rest of the country.

As a Black woman, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of a STEM education as well as the barriers women and people of color still face trying to enter the field. This is why I am an outspoken advocate for diversity and equity in our schools, as well as being active in several community groups that address these issues.

I now want to take that passion to the school board and I hope you will join me!

City Council - Urbandale

Bridget Carbery Montgomery

Bridget Carberry Montgomery



Bridget continues to advocate for public schools, teachers, and Urbandale’s children. She has served on three Waukee Community School District Boundary Committees, lending her planning expertise to help create new boundaries, recognizing the need to both adapt to the growing district and also to maintain a strong sense of community.  She has also been very active in the Walnut Hills Elementary PTO since 2009.

Bridget is an active volunteer at the Waukee Area Christian Services Food Pantry, which serves residents of Dallas County. Through her volunteer work at the food pantry, she has become an advocate for food rescue as a way to address food insecurity and now serves on the Board of Hunger Free Dallas County.

City Council - Urbandale

Blake Rozendaal

Blake Rozendaal



I work on the Urbandale Public Art Committee supporting projects like the public piano, musical performance series, and the snow plow blade painting. I also serve on the Urbandale 4th of July Celebration Committee as the website manager, volunteer through the Urbandale Community Action Network to support those in need in our community, and am finishing my Masters of Business Administration this summer. These varied experiences have opened my eyes to the opportunities in our community and how we can grow into the future.

Hawkeye Area

Endorsements

The endorsed candidates or referendums listed below are local endorsements made by local union members at their Area Labor Federations. Local labor federations strive for only the best leaders in their communities. Civic engagement and public education create opportunities for people to be their very best and only those who support Labor and their priorities are chosen to be endorsed. Voting is the key function of a democratic society and we encourage all people to vote on Tuesday, November 7th or earlier at the polls or by absentee ballot.

Endorsed by Hawkeye Area Labor Council, AFL-CIO

City Council - Cedar Falls

Aaron Hawbaker
Union Connected

Aaron Hawbaker



My goals as a member of the city council will be to continue our City’s tradition of fostering strong neighborhoods, robust business development, and collaborative partnerships. As a nearly 30 year member of the legal profession, both in private practice and in state government, I have developed the tools and insight to help the City navigate the challenges ahead so that these goals remain achievable and bettered.

School Board - Cedar Falls

Jeff Orvis
Union Member

Jeff Orvis



Jeff believes every kid deserves a quality education and champions the investment in public education. He is an instructional coach who also is a computer and math teacher. Jeff previously served on the school board from 2017-2021.

School Board - Cedar Falls

Nate Gruber
Union Member

Nate Gruber



I’m running for re-election to the Cedar Falls School Board because I believe in the mission of public education and that the Cedar Falls School District is one of our community’s strongest assets.

I first moved to Cedar Falls to attend UNI after graduating from Shenandoah High School in 1999. I graduated from UNI in 2004, majoring in Economics & Finance and returned to UNI in 2008 to pursue a social science teaching degree. After living in Dubuque for ten years, my wife Anne Marie and I made the decision to return to Cedar Falls when she was offered a position on the faculty at UNI. After returning to Cedar Falls, I returned to UNI where I earned a Master’s of Public Policy.

I have spent most of my career in and around education at all levels. In addition to my four years of service on the Cedar Falls School Board, I currently serve on the Board of Directors for Cedar Valley Preschool and Child Care Center in north Cedar Falls and teach business full-time at Waterloo West High School.

City Council - Cedar Rapids

Scott Olson



Scott is running for District 4 and has served over 11 years on the City Council. He is a great listener and leader who works with labor and understands the value of all workers. Scott helped lead Cedar Rapids with recovery efforts from the derecho and flooding to help rebuild and grow the city. He founded and has been involved in the creation of several non-profits including Four Oaks and the Ecumenical Community Center. Scott is a prime example of what it means to be a community leader.

City Council - Cedar Rapids

Ann Poe

Ann Poe



I am running for City Council again because I love Cedar Rapids. I am passionate about seeing us grow and flourish. I grew-up here, my children and grandchildren live here, and I am motivated by the desire to provide the same quality of life to the residents of Cedar Rapids that I wish for my own family.”

I am proud of our Council and City Team. It has taken a lot of political will, courage, and bold moves not just to bring us back from the disasters we have faced over the last 15 years, but to make the tough decisions required for Cedar Rapids to be a place where businesses, organizations, neighbors, and families alike can thrive.

City Council - Cedar Rapids ​

Retired Union Member

Pat Loeffler



Loeffler is a lifelong resident of Cedar Rapids. For the past 4 years, Loeffler has proudly served the city of Cedar Rapids, as one of two of the city’s AT LARGE council positions. Loeffler says “As a lifelong Cedar Rapids resident, having children and grandchildren in Cedar Rapids, I feel the experiences I have faced in my business, personal life and city council AT LARGE position, allows me to support and work well with the rest of the City Council. We’ve been able to keep things going in the direction that the residents of Cedar Rapids want.” For over 25 years, Loeffler has been a Proud Member of Carpenters Local 308.

School Board - Cedar Rapids

Cindy Garlock
Retired Union Member

Cindy Garlock



Cindy was elected to the CRCSD Board of Directors in 2019 and is seeking her second term. While on the Board, she has served as Vice President and as the Board’s legislative liaison. She has been vocal in her advocacy for local control and for the use of public tax dollars for public schools. She attends labor events, state education conferences, legislative advocacy days and numerous community listening sessions and events.

School Board - Cedar Rapids

Dexter Mershbrock
Union Member

Dexter Mershbrock



Dexter is a US Postal Service Letter Carrier and member of the National Association of Letter Carriers who was first elected to the Cedar Rapids School Board in 2019. Dexter is a transparent elected representative who cares deeply about the community.

School Board - Cedar Rapids

Jen Neumann

Jennifer Neumann



I’m running for re-election in 2023.

School Board - Cedar Rapids ​

David Tominsky



David is the current President of the Cedar Rapids School Board and was first elected in 2019. David has maintained a continuous relationship with Labor to further the goals of having quality public schools in the Cedar Rapids area. Most recently David joined the Hawkeye Area Labor Council (HALC) and the Cedar Rapids and Iowa City Building Trades in a press conference to support the upcoming public school bond issue that HALC has endorsed.

Mayor - Coralville

Megan Foster

Meghann Foster



When Meghann Foster took office as Mayor on January 1, 2022, she became the first female mayor in Coralville’s 148 year history.

City Council - Coralville

Royce Peterson
Union Member

Royce Peterson



I have been a proud union member of Local 1260 for the past 28 years, where I have been a Business Representative/Organizer since 2008. I have been fortunate to serve in different capacities for several organizations including Vice President/Treasurer for Iowa City Federation of Labor, Trustee for Hawkeye Area Labor and I currently sit as Chairman for our Health Fund. My experience that I have cultivated within these positions, as well as being a trained fiduciary, provide a strong background that I believe will make an excellent qualification for City Councilman when it comes to budgeting our constituents tax dollars. 

City Council Ward 1 - Evansdale

Union Member

Jeff Bergman



Jeff Bergman, UAW member, is a current Council member.

City Council - Hiawatha

Aime Wichtendahl

Aime Wichtendahl



I am running because Hiawatha is the place where all of my dreams were able to come true and I want that to be the same for all of our residents. I want people to find a home here, start a business here, and raise a family here. I am running to enact policies that will enable that to happen. I am also running to keep fighting for Civil Rights in Iowa. We have a malicious state government that seems to only exist to take people’s rights away. And while groups like Mom’s for Liberty would love to see me fall, I intend to rise.

City Council - Iowa City

Pauline Taylor
Retired Union Member

Pauline Taylor



Pauline was first elected in 2016 and is running to represent her district for a third term. Her main priorities are on creating more access to affordable housing and child care. She is a retired University of Iowa registered nurse and founding member of SEIU 199.

City Council - Iowa City

Union Member

Andrew Dunn



Andrew is an activist, nonprofit leader, and seventh-generation Iowan running to represent Iowa’s 90th House District. Andrew has spent the last decade organizing and fighting to address the most pressing issues facing Iowans, including the gun violence epidemic, threats to public education, the climate crisis, and an increasingly hostile environment for the LGBTQ community.

City Council - Iowa City

Josh Moe

Josh Moe



Josh is an architect, leader and regular volunteer in the community. His priorities are reinvesting in city owned buildings and community spaces, act fast on climate change, create desirable affordable housing and attack quality kobs to the area.

City Council - Iowa City

Mazahir Salih

Mazahir Salih



I am excited to announce my candidacy for the upcoming election, as there are two open seats without incumbents. With your support, we can continue to build a stronger, more inclusive Iowa City that addresses the needs of every individual and family. Together, we can shape a future that reflects our shared values, celebrates our diversity, and ensures equitable opportunities for everyone. I am here to listen, to learn, and to lead. I humbly ask for your trust, your partnership, and your vote as we start on this journey together. Let’s build a brighter future for Iowa City—one that we can all be proud to call home.

School Board - Iowa City

Molly Abraham

Molly Abraham



Molly lives in Iowa City with her husband, Dave Walz. They have three adult daughters who are all proud alumni of West High School. Molly worked at West High for 18 years as a special education teacher, and then 20 years as an assistant principal. She is now retired and enjoys volunteering, biking, and reading.

School Board - Iowa City

Charlie Eastham



I am seeking a seat on the Board of Education to address the long standing disparities in education.

School Board - Iowa City

Mitch Lingo

Mitch Lingo



Mitch Lingo is an eighth-generation Iowan who has lived in the Iowa City area for over nine years. He currently serves as a senior research scientist at Iowa College Aid. His wife Ellie is an Iowa City native and West High graduate who works as a diabetes provider in endocrinology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. They have two daughters. Mitch has a holistic view of education, believing it begins before a child is born and becomes a lifelong endeavor. We only improve ourselves as a district, city, state, and country through generational involvement that pays dividends as the City, Liberty, West High, and Tate graduates go on to become citizens.

School Board - Iowa City

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams



In 2019 Lisa was elected to her first term on the Iowa City School Board and in 2022 she became Vice President of the Board. Now, she is running for re-election, hoping for the opportunity to serve another four-year term. Lisa believes in making decisions that are thoughtful, data driven, and transparent. Most importantly, she believes in the value of strong public education and that in ICCSD we are all in for all kids.

School Board - Linn-Mar

Brittania Morey

Brittania Morey



I am honored to serve this community and this district that is giving my family so much to be thankful for. I am proud to say I am a Linn-Mar parent. I am proud of the work we accomplish and the opportunities we provide students. And that’s one of the reasons I am running for re-election. To ensure that Linn-Mar continues to create opportunities and grows its tradition of excellence.

School Board - Mason City

Madison Nelson

Madison Nelson



Madison cares deeply about the future of Mason City students and strongly supports public education. As a community advocate she wants to see students succeed as well as the school staff. Madison is a proud MCHS graduate, wife of a teacher and mother.

School Board - Mason City

Jennifer Dorsey Lee

Jennifer Dorsey-Lee



Provide a high quality education; Work with the whole community to attract families to the Mason City school district; Ensure a safe learning environment; Advocate for educators and staff. Jennifer is a mother, a grandmother and a community oriented leader who currently serves on the Mason City Library Board.

School Board - Mason City

Katherine Koehler



Katherine taught in Mason City for over 33 years and is an advocate for all students. She will be a strong voice for public education and an active member in the community. Katherine also has taught class at NIACC and has served 4 years on the school board.

School Board - Mason City​

Megan Markos

Megan Markos



Megan brings a unique perspective to the school board and will put students first on her priority list.

Mayor - Waterloo

Quentin Hart

Quentin Hart



Mayor Quentin Hart grew up in Waterloo. His mother worked at the hospital and father worked at John Deere. He understands what it takes to build a community by listening to citizens, working to revitalize Waterloo like the downtown area and investing in the people to make sure students get into good paying jobs whether that’s through college or apprenticeship programs.

City Council - Waterloo

Dave Boesen

Dave Boesen



Dave worked for the city for 34 years and raised his family in Waterloo. He previously represented the At-Large council position for 4 years and is now running for Ward 2.

City Council - Waterloo

Jonathan Grieder
Union Member

Jonathan Grieder



Born to a firefighter and a nurse I have always been surrounded by great examples of public service.

I was raised that folks run towards a challenge rather than away from it.

I went to college at Luther College where I met my amazing wife Kristi and studied to become a public school teacher. I have had the privilege of teaching for the last ten years.

I fell in love with Waterloo and its diversity and its drive as I started teaching here in 2015. Waterloo has always been a community of those willing to open their doors to others.

Western Iowa

Endorsements

The endorsed candidates or referendums listed below are local endorsements made by local union members at their Area Labor Federations. Local labor federations strive for only the best leaders in their communities. Civic engagement and public education create opportunities for people to be their very best and only those who support Labor and their priorities are chosen to be endorsed. Voting is the key function of a democratic society and we encourage all people to vote on Tuesday, November 7th or earlier at the polls or by absentee ballot.

Endorsed by Western Iowa Labor Federation, AFL-CIO

City Council - Council Bluffs

Jill Shudak

Jill Shudack



Committed to making Council Bluffs a better place to live, learn, and work.

Experienced with reviewing policies and approved budgets as a member of the Board of Education.

Dedicated to working with community partners to address the many challenges in our city.

A voice for every citizen in the community.

City Council - Council Bluffs

Kimberly Kolakowski

Kimberly Kolakowski



I’m running for Council Bluffs City Council in 2023.

City Council - Fort Dodge

Scott Davis
Union Member

Scott Davis


My Name is Scott Davis a little bit about myself. I’ve pretty much lived in Fort Dodge and ward 1 most of my life. I moved to the west side in 1980. I’m a graduate of Fort Dodge senior high school 1987. I’m currently employed by Elanco animal health. I have worked at the plant since 2008. A little about my family. I’m engaged to Kelly Gilday, she works for One Vision as a supervisor for individuals with developmental disabilities. We each have 2 adult children, my daughter currently lives by Cedar Rapids Ia. My son is in the United States Marine Corp stationed out of air station Miramar. Kelly has twin boys, one is finishing up at I.C.C.C, and the other is a Junior at Iowa State University. My current role at Elanco is I’m in the animal care area. I have been employed with the Labs since 2008. I’m currently the unit chair at the plant for U.F.C.W. local 1155 and executive vice president for the local 1155.

My reason for running for city council ward 1, is that I want to be a voice for the ward, and make sure the people of ward 1 are heard and keep Fort Dodge moving forward.

City Council - sioux City

Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy



Murphy has worked for the city for over 30 years and really knows the area as a lifelong resident. He has a common sense approach, is a good listener, and wants to make sure people have a good place to raise a family.

School Board - Sioux City

Margo Cortez



Margo has spent over a decade volunteering for the Westside community of Sioux City, IA. Margo will put the needs of our students and their parents first, and she is completely vested in the success of our schools and students. She brings experience, dedication, and passion to help build a stronger school district. She is a pro-teacher, pro-public school, ready to create stronger ties between the school board and other stakeholders.

School Board - Sioux City

Lance Ehmcke

Lance Ehmcke



Lance Ehmcke wants to ensure every child has a strong educational foundation and will work to see children get opportunities in as many career paths as possible.

School board - sioux City

SEMEHAR GHEBREKIDAN

Semehar Ghebrekidan



I am excited to share my official platform as I run for the School Board. These core principles represent my unwavering commitment to improving our educational system and ensuring a brighter future for all students in our district. Equitable Education Initiative; Special Education Enhancement; Faculty and Staff Support; Transparency and Accountability; Inclusive Environment; Continued Public Service; Parent and Community Engagement.

School Board - Sioux City

Treyla Lee

Treyla Lee



Treyla Priorities:

  • Focus on educational basics
  • Recruit and retain educators
  • Review and improve special education delivery
  • Provide a safe environment for all students

School Board - Sioux City

Earl Miller

Earl Miller



Miller is a Sioux City resident, parent and small business owner. Miller says his campaign will focus on building friendly and functional relationships within the Board that will deliver the results our students, teachers, and families have come to expect of servant leaders in our community.

Great River Area

Endorsements

The endorsed candidates or referendums listed below are local endorsements made by local union members at their Area Labor Federations. Local labor federations strive for only the best leaders in their communities. Civic engagement and public education create opportunities for people to be their very best and only those who support Labor and their priorities are chosen to be endorsed. Voting is the key function of a democratic society and we encourage all people to vote on Tuesday, November 7th or earlier at the polls or by absentee ballot.

Endorsed by Great River Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO & Quad City Federation of Labor

City Council - Bettendorf

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Gregory “Greg” Jager



Greg served for over 20 years as a city attorney in Bettendorf and has lived there his whole life. Greg will bring a thoughtful and efficient approach to both grow the city and also take care of current residents of Bettendorf.

School Board - Bettendorf

Erin Bannerman

Erin Bannerman



Goals to make Bettendorf School District better by:

  • Encouraging stronger community engagement
  • Increasing transparency and communication while facilitating a means to grow enrollment as a district despite being landlocked and facing state funding shortfalls.
  • Continuing to focus on being a safe place for your students
    Working to be a strong employer with higher employee retention
  • Striving to be a more unified district with district wide equity
  • Giving support and acknowledgement for academics, all sports (girls and boys), fine arts, and clubs/organizations
  • Helping BCSD to be a place for everyone and an opportunity for all.

School Board - Bettendorf

Joanna Doerder



I’m pretty proud of the work the board, administrators, teachers and all of the staff who support our students have done in the past 3 years.
Don’t let this progress be swept away.

  1. Improving Academic Achievement
  2. Expanding Career Program
  3. Aligned Curriculum
  4. Long Term Behavior Solutions
  5. Using Strategic Planning to Guide Decisions

School Board - Bettendorf

Rebecca Eastman

Rebecca Eastman



As a parent, I have witnessed first hand the impact a strong educational foundation can have on a child’s development and success. I am driven to ensure all students have access to superior educational opportunities, regardless of their background or circumstances.

City Council - Burlington

Vote

Kay Weiss



Kay running for election to the Burlington City Council. She is a community volunteer who also served as Director of the Burlington Public Library for 20 years.

City Council - Burlington

JENNIFER KLEVER-KIRKMAN

Jennifer Klever-Kirkman



Jennifer Klever-Kirkman is running for her first term on the City Council. She wants to see more transparency with local government, work closely with members of the community and make the community a place where people want to move to. Jennifer is a family law attorney in the area.

School Board - Burlington

ANIKA MCVAY

Anika McVay



My name is Anika, I’m asking you to vote for me this November to be a change, on the Burlington Community School District School Board. I believe we have amazing faculty, classes, and experiences only offered here. With this comes lack of discipline and lack of support for faculty. I want to bring this back to our schools to make us Number 1! Once a Gray Hound, always a Gray Hound.

School Board - Burlington​

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Leroy Schatz


School Board - Burlington​

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William Vance


School Board - davenport

Kent Brands

W. Kent Barnds


 

School Board - davenport

Dan Gosa
Union Member

Dan Grosa



Dan is running for reelection and currently serves as school board President.

School Board - davenport

Retired Union Member

Linda Hayes



Linda Hayes has served on the Davenport Community School Board since 2015 and is running for reelection.

School Board - Davenport

Connie King
Retired Union Member

Connie King



Connie King is a life-long Iowan who has taught in private and public schools as a high school English teacher. She is running for the Davenport School Board to support teachers: if the teachers’ concerns about class size, curriculum and behavioral issues are met, the teachers can place all their attention on their students, giving students the best possible education.

School Board - Davenport

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Retired Union Member

Karen Kline-Jerome



Karen is running for reelection in 2023. As a former teacher in the district for 32 years she knows the schools well and has the ability to work with anyone.

1st Ward Alderperson - davenport

Retired Union Member

Rick Dunn



Rick Dunn is running for reelection. He strong member of the community willing to fight for the necessities of the area he has called home all of his life. As one of seven kids raised in southwest Davenport, Rick knows what commitment to the community means and how important honesty, integrity, and service to the community is.

2nd Ward Alderperson - Davenport

Tim Dunn
Retired Union Member

Tim Dunn


 

6th Ward Alderperson - Davenport

Ben Jobgen

Ben Jobgen



I possess the characteristics of hard work, determination, compassion, and diplomacy. These characteristics can be coupled with the aforementioned listed skills. Utilizing these core skills will help me be the true representative of the 6th Ward. They will also help to keep Davenport a vibrant city, which is: clean, safe, plentiful of places to play, abundant of things to do, and fostering of business.

5th Ward Alderperson - davenport

Tim Kelly

Tim Kelly



Tim grew up in Davenport’s East Village after his parents moved from Mississippi to find careers at Alcoa/Arconic and John Deere. In his professional life, he worked with homeless and LGBTQ+ youth, disabled adults, and is active in a variety of faith, community and service organizations. Tim enjoys traveling, bowling, spending time with friends and family, and mentoring young community organizers and leaders.

3rd Ward Alderperson - Davenport

Marion Meginnis

Marion Meginnis



I’ve been active in neighborhood preservation and revitalization since my husband Jack Haberman and I moved to Davenport’s Gold Coast in 1997. I am passionate about the 3rd Ward and its capacity as a place for homeowners, renters, businesses and institutions to flourish in neighborhoods that are safe, attractive and well cared for.

At Large Alderperson - Davenport

Jasmine Newton
Union Member

Jazmin Newton



Jazmin is an attorney, small business owner, community leader, and social advocate. Her law firm, Newton Law, PLC, has its primary office in Davenport Iowa. Advocating on behalf of others is what she does best as she provides her clients with zealous representation. She is ready to provide the people of Davenport a strong voice in government and leadership for a prosperous future for all. Jazmin is a lifelong Quad Citizen that currently resides in Davenport Iowa with her husband Bryan and three children, Eric, Ethan & Mila.

7th Ward Alderperson - davenport

Scott Ryder

Scott Ryder



Scott is a lifelong Quad City native and area realtor. He is a dedicated family man who is passionate about improving the community.

8th Ward Alderperson - Davenport

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James Woods


 

School Board - Dubuque

Kate Parks

Kate Parks



Public education is the best investment our society makes. There are many complexities and challenges when it comes to delivering on the promise of public education. As a community, we need to think creatively and practically about how to meet them.

  • Identify and close opportunity gaps for at-risk students
  • Engage with educators about support they need to best help students to succeed
  • Support district initiatives around equity
  • Promote college and career readiness
  • Practice financial agility given shrinking support from state

School Board - Dubuque

Dirk Hamel

Dirk Hamel



I have been a life-long Dubuquer and have been an attorney in Dubuque for the past 37 years.

My entire career has been about analyzing and solving problems. I feel that the unique set of skills and the unique experiences that I have had as an attorney will help me to support the Dubuque School Board work through present and future challenges and issues in order to best serve the students, families, staff, and greater community of the DCSD.

School Board - Dubuque

Lisa Wittman

Lisa Wittman



Lisa is a current school board member who was first elected in 2015. She is a Senior High School graduate who grew up in the Dubuque area and has 5 children who all graduated form the Dubuque community schools.

School Board - Dubuque

Sarah Jacobitz-Kizzier

Sarah Jacobitz-Kizzier



Sarah brings a fresh look at school board priorities, has three children and works as a physician in the area.

City Council - Middletown City

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Rodney Johnson


School Board - New London

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Becky Hayes


School Board - North Scott

Molly Bergfeld
Union Family Member

Molly Bergfeld



As a current member of the North Scott School Board of Directors Molly understands what it takes to be a good civil servant. She works with others well, asks questions, is fiscally responsible and pays attention to details.

School Board - North Scott

Stephanie Eckhardt
Union Member

Stephanie Eckhardt



Stephanie is running for school board after spending her first 23 years as an educator and school counselor. She is actively engaged in the community and wants to make sure students are prepared for the future.

City Council - Princeton City

Christina McDonough

Christina McDonough



Christina is running for reelection. She currently is Chair of Public Safety and Co-Chair of Water and Sewer.

City Council/Mayor - Riverdale

Anthony Heddlesten

Anthony Heddlesten



Anthony is the current Mayor of Riverdale and has served on the council for nearly 6 years.

City Council - West Burlington

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Ringo Covert


 

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