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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 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.

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