Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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July 10, 2015

Sullivan’s Salvos     7/14/15

In this edition:

*Technical Upgrades
*Solon Beef Days
*Community ID
*Supervisor Race
*Other County Races
*Did You Know?

*Technical Upgrades
         I am making an attempt to improve the weekly Salvos by utilizing Mailchimp. I hope this improves your reading experience! More importantly, frankly, I am desperately trying to make things easier on myself. Salvos takes a lot of time just to write; hopefully I can at least make the act of sending it easier.

         In addition, I’m rolling out a new website. You’ll find info about me, many more photos, info on upcoming events, and links to my Facebook page. Check it out at I’d love to have your feedback!

         This may not seem like a big deal to any of you, but I am a bit of a Luddite. Any change is stressful. What’s more, like most local elected officials, I have no campaign staff of any kind. Since I have no technical skills, I have to rely on the kindness and patience of friendly volunteers.

With that in mind, a HUGE thank you to my friend Megan Schwalm, who designed the new website and helped me to set up Mailchimp. I could not even begin to do this without her help!

         So – I hope you enjoy an improved Salvos and an improved website. Please let me know if you see any places we can do things better!

*Solon Beef Days
The 44th annual Solon Beef Days runs Friday and Saturday July 18 & 19 in Solon. Steaks, rides, entertainment, a parade, and the now-legendary hay bale toss are just a few of the items on tap.

         I say this every year, and it is because it comes from a place of pride: I can honestly say that I have been to roughly 40 of the 44 Beef Days. I wear it like a badge of honor! This is the year to start your own streak!

         I’ll be marching in the parade Saturday – lineup is at 9 AM just east of the high school. Please join me!

         For all the details, including a full schedule of events, see:

*Community ID
Applications for Johnson County Community IDs will be accepted beginning Friday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City.

Johnson County will be the first community in the Midwest, and the first outside a major metropolitan area, to offer community issued identification. The program has been a joint effort of local governments, business, and labor.

The Community ID program is designed to help people who may have difficulty getting a state-issued ID, such as seniors who no longer drive, the homeless, people in poverty or transition, and new immigrants. A Community ID can help these people interact with law enforcement, local government, pharmacies and banks.

All Johnson County residents, even people with a driver’s license or non-driver ID, are encouraged to get a Community ID.  Many area businesses will offer discounts to people who present a Community ID.

Community IDs will cost $8 for adults and $4 for children. Applicants will be required to present secondary forms of identification to get a Community ID. The following documents are enough by themselves:

US or foreign passport; Driver’s license or non-driver ID card from any US state; US Permanent Resident Card (“Green Card”); Birth certificate or consular ID (“CID”).

People who have no items from the above list may apply for Community IDs by presenting two forms of personal identification and one document proving Johnson County residency. A full list of accepted documents will be on the County web site, All documents will be verified before the Community ID is issued, and Community ID cards will be mailed.

*Supervisor Race
         It appears that there is a full-fledged race for seats on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors!

         The party primaries are not until early May of 2016, but the summer parade season has given us a clue as to what is in store.

         Three incumbent Supervisors are up for reelection in ’16: Terrence Neuzil, Pat Harney, and myself. In addition, Lisa Green-Douglass has been campaigning at parades throughout Johnson County.

         Green-Douglass, of rural North Liberty, is not new to this: she ran in the ’14 Democratic Primary, finishing behind current Supervisors Janelle Rettig and Mike Carberry. Lisa made a run at it, finishing just 126 votes behind Carberry for the second spot.

         I have known Lisa for quite some time. We met through Democratic Party politics in the early ‘90s, when she and her husband Tom Douglass were quite active in party business. That changed a bit, however, when Lisa had triplets in the late ‘90s! The triplets, the youngest three of her 5 children, are entering their senior years at Clear Creek Amana.

         I have always liked and respected Lisa – she even got a “Salvos Salute” way back in 2006 for her work on tax fairness issues in the CCA District. Her volunteer work in that school district is well respected. Add in her professional career as a Spanish teacher and consultant to law enforcement agencies, and you can see that she has an interesting background.

Of course, with both of us running in the same primary, it can get a bit awkward. Obviously, Lisa could easily out-poll me for a seat on the Board!

I have not formally announced a campaign for reelection; neither have Terrence or Pat. But all three of us are behaving as though we want to keep our jobs. So that makes 4 candidates for 3 seats.

         There may be more candidates, of course. There is a group of 5-6 Newport Road folks that will likely put forth a candidate in the Democratic primary, and fund him or her handsomely. And I have not even touched on the GOP side.

         But you know what? This is a very good thing. You deserve choices. We deserve choices. Just because a person is an incumbent does not mean she/he is entitled to that seat forever. Every one of us should have to prove ourselves every day. We should be able to stand in front of you and articulate why we are worthy of the Democratic Party nomination.

         Personally, I’m very proud of my record, and I look forward to discussing it, along the records of the other candidates. And I welcome Lisa and her ideas to the campaign.

         Meanwhile, I urge you to spend the time between now and May learning about the candidates. What have they done to deserve the Democratic Party nomination? What do they plan on doing in the next term? Have they earned your vote? Now is your opportunity to shop for candidates!

*Other County Races
         The other County elections that will be held in 2016 are for Sheriff and Auditor. I am not certain that Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek and Auditor Travis Weipert are running for reelection, but I certainly hope they are!

         I can honestly say that I cannot imagine finding two better public servants. We are SO lucky to have them in office! I hold both Lonny and Travis in the highest possible regard. They are great at their jobs, and they are even better people.

Let’s hope both these outstanding elected officials announce campaigns for reelection soon!

*DID YOU KNOW?  Supervisors Harney and Neuzil were first elected in 2000, and have been elected four times each. Supervisor Sullivan was first elected in 2004, and has been elected three times.

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

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