Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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May 26, 2016

Sullivan’s Salvos     5/31/16

In this edition:

*Sullivan for Supervisor Supporters!
*Memorial Day
*Solon Fire Breakfast
*Congratulations, Nancy!
*Did You Know?

*Sullivan for Supervisor Supporters!
Harry Truman once said, “If you want a friend in politics, get a dog.” Truman knew what he was talking about! The hardest thing about running for office is navigating the personal relationships.

It never fails: on the positive side, there are always a couple people you barely know who send you nice notes telling you that they admire your work. That is always unexpected, and serves as a wonderful surprise!

Unfortunately, those instances are overshadowed by the instances where old friends or longtime allies support other candidates. Nothing hurts worse than putting in years of work alongside someone, ostensibly with the same goals, only to have that person decide to support someone else.

This happens every election cycle, and it makes you appreciate all the more those who continued to believe in you as a person, as a candidate, and as a friend.

At the risk of offending everyone else, here are just a few of the folks who have decided to support me this time around: State Senator Joe Bolkcom, State Senator Kevin Kinney, Tom Larkin and Joyce Bernardy, Royceann Porter, Dave Leshtz, Bill Hanes, Orville and Billie Townsend, Nick Johnson and Mary Vasey, Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton, Mike Cilek, Barbara Beaumont, Karen Kubby, Nancy Porter, Rebecca Reiter, Jae Retz and Roberta Till-Retz, Peter and Eileen Fisher, Jim Walters, David Tingwald, and Iowa City Councilor Pauline Taylor.

         There are many, many others, and I apologize for failing to give a shout out to everyone. But thanks to these folks. There are some Democratic Party giants on that list! I am really proud to have earned your trust! Your support means the world to me!

*Memorial Day
Monday, May 30 is Memorial Day. I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I hope you spend at least a part of it remembering those who have died while serving our Country. Happy Memorial Day to all!

         Memorial Day Weekend means graduations. Congratulations to all our graduating seniors! Commencement has already taken place at the UI and Kirkwood, and the local high schools are graduating as we speak.

         I know that Melissa (and others) accuse me of being overly sentimental when it comes to these types of things. That may be true. But graduation really is a milestone.

Certainly, what graduates do in the future is much more important than what they have done to date. But the fact is, they have accomplished something important. Let’s reflect upon it, and celebrate it! Congrats again to all the graduates!

*Solon Fire Breakfast
The Solon Firefighters will host the 53rd Annual Solon Firefighter's Breakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 29 at the Solon Fire Station, 131 N. Iowa St.

The breakfast is all you can eat and the menu includes: pancakes, scrambled eggs, fried eggs, patty sausage, sliced ham, milk and coffee. Cost is free for preschool children, $4 for children 12 and younger and $6 for adults. For more information, call 624-2386.

*Congratulations, Nancy!
         Congratulations to Nancy Quellhorst, who is stepping down as President and CEO of the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce.

         Some folks know this, and others do not: the Iowa City Area Chamber is not affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce. And that is a good thing! The US Chamber is an absolutely awful organization; they stand against almost every principle I hold dear. I can say with some certainty that the US Chamber is in conflict with the beliefs of over 80% of Johnson County residents. So again – it is good that the IC Area Chamber has not been affiliated. If they ever did, I would do everything I could to ensure Johnson County did not belong.

Despite the fact that the IC Area Chamber does not belong to the larger group, I have had some deep and significant differences with the IC Area Chamber over the years. I think that there has been a long running lack of understanding within Chamber leaders that the biggest industry in Johnson County is government. They can pretend all they want, but government drives our local economy. The local Chamber says they support funding for K-12 schools and funding for the UI, but instead argue for austerity at the State level. These anti-government initiatives several Chamber members push every year are actually very bad for our local economy. I wish more of them would understand this.

Many of our local Democrats spend a bunch of time kissing up to the Chamber, even as those same Chamber members do everything in their power to knock the same Dems out of office. Lately, some elected Dems have even decided to adopt Republicans over Democrats as their candidates of choice! The relationship has always been completely one sided. I have never quite understood that dynamic!

I do not expect the IC Area Chamber to change any time soon. And they probably shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for me to change, either.

Given this acrimonious history, you might be surprised to find out that I really like, admire, and respect Nancy Quellhorst. Nancy has always been honest, kind, thoughtful, and fair. She is smart, thorough, and does high quality work. She is a good listener and has a good heart. Nancy is just a good person.

Frankly, I wish she had worked somewhere else these many years. Nancy had to do her best to defend some positions that were nearly indefensible. But she was a trooper! I know the IC Area Chamber was darn lucky to have her!

         I wish Nancy all the best as she moves to the next phase of her life! Congratulations, Nancy!

*DID YOU KNOW? Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers.

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