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South Central


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.

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