Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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June 6, 2014

Sullivan’s Salvos     6/10/14

In this edition:

*Father’s Day
*Election Results
*Registration Numbers
*North Liberty Fun Days
*Congratulations Karla Miller!
*Did You Know?

*Father’s Day
Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! Being a dad is the best thing I have ever done. It is also the most difficult. I imagine that is the case for most fathers.

It has been several years since I have had the pleasure of enjoying a living father or grandfather. If you are lucky enough to have a father or grandfather around, please take a moment to reach out to him this weekend.

*Election Results
The results are in, and we have our nominees for County Attorney and County Supervisor. Turnout was relatively high, at over 10,000 voters.

         In the County Attorney’s race, incumbent Janet Lyness convincingly defeated challenger John Zimmerman 69-31. I supported Janet and I am very happy for her. But now the hard work begins!

         While John Zimmerman was not the right messenger, we know there is work to do in our criminal justice system – particularly in the area of disproportionate minority contact. I am confident that Janet will get to work on this, but we have a long ways to go. I’m really glad she will be leading that charge.

         In the Supervisor race, incumbent Janelle Rettig finished first with 4522 votes. Mike Carberry narrowly defeated Lisa Green Douglass 3458 to 3332 (126 votes) in the battle for the other spot.

         It would be interesting to be able to determine the impact of 4th place finisher Diane Dunlap. Dunlap garnered 1319 votes – frankly, that is more than double what I’d predicted. Did those votes come equally from the other 3 candidates, or did she siphon off more votes from a particular candidate?

         It will be interesting to see how Mr. Carberry’s supporters behave going forward. Some are not Democrats, but others claim to be. It is clear that many of them were anti-Rettig; will some of those claiming to be Democrats attempt to pull off a Carberry-Etheredge pairing? If so, what does that mean for the local Democratic Party?

         In other Democratic Party primary action, David Johnson defeated Dennis Boedecker in a very close House District 73 race; only 30 votes separated the two candidates. And Kevin Kinney smoked Richard Gilmore in the Senate District 39 tilt.

         On the GOP side, Mike Moore of Washington defeated Johnson County candidates Royce Phillips and Bob Anderson to win the Senate District 39 nod.

         So, the stage is set. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all the candidates for throwing their hats into the ring!

*Registration Numbers
         Johnson County Auditor Travis Weipert recently put out some very interesting voter stats. I urge you to take a look at

Meanwhile, a few highlights: The precinct with the most registered voters is Iowa City 17 (City High) with 2,224 registered voters. Graham (Morse) has the least at 350.

         Iowa City 18 (Longfellow) had the highest percentage of Democratic registrations; the top 9 were all in Iowa City. 54 of the 57 precincts have a higher percentage of Democrats than Republicans.

Meanwhile, Sharon and Washington Townships in the far southwest part of the county had the highest percentage of Republican registrations. Those were two of the three precincts with a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats; the other is Jefferson East (Shueyville), which leans Republican by less than a percentage point.

*North Liberty Fun Days
The community of North Liberty is celebrating Fun Days this weekend with one final parade in honor of the late Tom Salm.

         Unfortunately, North Liberty Fun Days has run out of gas. Volunteers just can’t do it any longer. They are not raising enough money. 2014 will be the final year.

         I hope this is not a sign of things to come. And I hope to see you in North Liberty this weekend!

         Johnson County is one of many partners collaborating to bring you the annual Juneteenth celebration.

         This year’s event is Saturday, June 14 from 12-4 pm at Mercer Park in Iowa City. (Rain location is inside the Scanlon Gym.) There will be free food, vendors, entertainment, prizes, a health fair, a blood drive, and many events for the kids.

         This event is free and open to the public. Please call 356-6090 for more information.

*Words Of Wisdom
         There are a couple dozen folks in Johnson County who seem to be dedicated to the proposition of making others miserable. It is just such a sad state of affairs. Unfortunately, local politics seems as nasty as the National stuff.

Leonard Pitts recently wrote an excellent column about the way in which our politics sometimes overruns our humanity. You can read it here:

This whole thing leads me to think about an old Sufi quote:

         “Before you speak, ask yourself: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?”

         I wish more folks would consider their comments through this prism. I know it is something upon which I can work!

*Congratulations Karla Miller!
         One of my favorite people is stepping down! Karla Miller, longtime Director of the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) is retiring after years of service to victims of sexual violence.

         It is easy to take someone like Karla for granted. She has provided decades of solid, steady leadership in a very difficult arena. You have done well, Karla – congrats!

*DID YOU KNOW?  The most candidates for the office of County Supervisor was 10 in 1976 – the year the Board expanded from 3 to 5 members. There were 7 candidates in both 1992 and 2004. (I finished third of seven in 2004.)

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

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