Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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November 28, 2009

Sullivan’s Salvos 12/1/09

I know that Johnson County is full of people who want to make the world a better place. If this sounds like you, I have a suggestion: consider becoming a foster parent. Melissa and I have served as foster parents for many years now, and it has been a truly rewarding experience.

In all seriousness, Johnson County is desperate for more foster parents. The Department of Human Services is very willing to work with families (or individuals) to match your needs with those of children needing a place to live.

Interested? Respond to this E-mail or give me a call. I’d be happy to discuss it in greater detail.

Local Republican and Democratic Parties will be meeting to select their respective candidates for the January 19 County Supervisor election.

The Democratic Party will hold its convention at 6:30 PM on December 3rd in Room 10 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Local Republicans will meet December 5 in the afternoon at the Coralville Public Library.

The January 19 special election will serve to fill the seat vacated upon the passing of Larry Meyers. That seat is currently being filled by Democrat Janelle Rettig, who was appointed to fill the vacancy. The winner of the January 19 election will serve until early November of 2010, when the winner of the general election will be seated.

As you know, Iowa City received a tremendous honor when the United Nations named it a UNESCO City of Literature, only the third in the world and the first in the Western Hemisphere.

So what has been happening since? Many outstanding ideas have been forwarded, and lots of bright people are trying to decide what do. For an update on the progress, see or

Congratulations to my dear friend (and Salvos reader!) Kirsten Running Marquardt of Cedar Rapids on her recent election to the Iowa House of Representatives.

Kirsten won a special election to fill the seat in House District 33 vacated by Dick Taylor. Many of you will know Kirsten as the Johnson County staff person with the Iowa Democratic Party back in 2000, or as a stalwart worker for SEIU Local 199 in Coralville.

Kirsten grew up in CR, and moved back there a few years ago. But I have no doubt that she will be happy to hear from her Johnson County friends in her new role. Congrats again, Kirsten!

Finding Our Balance Policy Summit -Securing Iowa’s Budget Now and For the Future. Friday, December 4 from 9am to 3pm at the Botanical Center in Des Moines.

The summit will examine and respond to the balance problem built into Iowa’s fiscal structure and budget practices. We are bringing in national and state experts to offer their perspectives. In addition, other speakers will offer a look at various possibilities for reforms in order to create a more sustainable budget for Iowans. This event will provide information about the challenges we all face as Iowans.

Please respond to if you are planning to attend. Please make the subject line "Will Attend," and include your contact information (name, organization, phone, email, etc.) in the body of the email.

Government is GOOD! How do I know? Because Meals on Wheels exists to provide nutrition to people who cannot leave home.

Over one million seniors take Meals on Wheels, with the number rising every day. Brought to you by your GOVERNMENT!

DID YOU KNOW? Wayne County, Indiana (population 71,000) has the highest percentage of its total population divorced - 19%. (Source: National Association of Counties.)

Anyone interested in learning more about County government should take a look at the County website- .

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