Rod Sullivan, Supervisor, Johnson County, Iowa

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September 22, 2016

Sullivan’s Salvos     9/27/16

In this edition:

*Supervisor Campaign
*Book Festival
*Just Showing Up
*CWJ Gala Fundraiser
*Did You Know?

*Supervisor Campaign
I had a couple people ask about signs... in previous years, those of us who emerged from the Democratic Primary have not put up signs for the General Election.

I still feel strongly that way. I don't need your yard space; HRC, Patty Judge, and others do. Please don't feel obligated to put up my sign. Similarly, please do not send me any financial contributions! If you have extra money, please send it to State Senator Chris Brase down in Muscatine! If you have extra time, contact the local Coordinated Campaign!

The Supervisor election was decided when no Republicans filed. It is time to focus on other races. Money or time spent on me is money or time needed desperately elsewhere! Thanks for asking, and thanks for your support!

         Fall in Iowa means the harvesting of crops, and that means large machinery is out in the roadways. Please exercise caution as you navigate our roads!

*Book Festival
         The seventh Iowa City Book Festival schedule will feature bestsellers, Pulitzer Prize winners, strong ties to Iowa, and authors from around the world. In addition, strong partnerships with area groups will bring programs on topics that include environmentalism, sustainability, global politics, and end-of-life care. The festival will be held Oct. 4-9, 2016.

Highlights of those evening events include the unveiling of the latest YA novel from bestselling author Rick Riordan, who will present his forthcoming novel, The Hammer of Thor. That ticketed event will be held at the Englert Theatre at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, and is presented by the festival and Prairie Lights. Tickets are $24, and attendees receive an autographed copy of the new book.

Other headliners include Suki Kim discussing her New York Times bestselling book of investigative literary nonfiction about her time teaching English in North Korea, Without You, There is No Us.
Kim is this year’s selection for the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights’ One Community One Book project. As in the past, the Book Festival is partnering with the UICHR to bring the program author to Iowa City.

Other highlights include:
Angelo Volandes, author of The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care, will appear on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in conjunction with Iowa City Hospice/Honoring Your Wishes;
Andrea Wulf will discuss The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World, on Thursday, Oct. 6, in a partnership with the University of Iowa Office of Sustainability;
University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduate Leslie Jamison will discuss her essay collection, The Empathy Exams, on Friday, Oct. 7, in partnership with the Examined Life conference.

The festival traditionally has a strong selection of fiction represented on its schedule, and this year will be no different. Highlights include:
Puliter Prize winner and UI alum Robert Olen Butler, who will read from his new novel, Perfume River, which examines family ties and the legacy of the Vietnam War through the portrait of a single North Florida family.
John Domini of Des Moines, who will read from his acclaimed new collection of short stories, Movieola.
Former northeast Iowa deputy sheriff Donald Harstad, who returns with November Rain, the latest in his beloved Carl Houseman mystery series.
F. Paul Wilson, author of the wildly popular “Repairman Jack” series, will discuss his new stand-alone medical thriller, Panacea.
Former Gazette news reporter Nathan Hill returns to Iowa City with The Nix, his highly touted debut novel.
These are just a few of the authors scheduled to appear!

Other than the Riordan event, all festival events are free and open to the public. Most events will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8. The full schedule will be released closer to the event. For specific times and locations for festival events, or to learn more about programs and authors, please visit

Iowa City was named a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008 in recognition of its rich literary heritage culture. It is one of only 20 Cities of Literature worldwide, and the only one in the United States, to hold this honor.

*Just Showing Up…
I have long been a believer in the adage that, “Half the battle is just showing up.” But it is worth noting that it is only HALF. In my opinion, too many politicians are only putting in half the necessary effort.

Granted, our current situation is better than it was in the past. Not so long ago, elected officials couldn’t even be bothered to show up at community meetings and events. That has changed in some (but not all) cases. So we are definitely in a better place. But 50% is not enough.

It is not good enough to show up, sign the guest book, make certain people saw you, then leave. If you want to have credibility, you need to invest. Invest your head, your heart, and perhaps your money.

Obviously, no one cares equally about every issue. We all only have so much physical and emotional energy. That is why I dislike seeing people fake it. It is important to be genuine.

Public – this is up to you. Hold your elected officials to very high standards. In the best-case scenario, elected officials step up. If not, you know whom to trust.

*CWJ Gala Fundraiser
The Center for Worker Justice (CWJ) is holding a gala fundraiser! Join us for an evening of good food, rousing music, inspiring speakers, and grassroots fundraising to fuel local campaigns for economic justice in the months ahead.

Tickets: $45 individual / $80 for 2 / $300 table for 8. Sponsorships available! Purchase tickets and sponsorships at:
All proceeds support CWJ.

The event is Friday, October 14 at 6pm at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Iowa City. Call 319-594-7593 for more information.

*DID YOU KNOW?  Farmers produced 13.6 billion bushels of corn in 2015, a number that will likely be dwarfed in 2016. Farmers produced almost 4 billion bushels of soybeans in 2015, which was a record.

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

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