Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

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.

School Board - Davenport

Kent Brands

W. Kent Barnds


 

City Council - Davenport

Dan Gosa
Union Member

Dan Gosa



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.

City Council - 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.

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.

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