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Democrat Rettig announces re-election bid for Johnson County supervisors

Incumbent stresses poverty issues, touts infrastructure spending

Janelle Rettig, member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, speaks from the Iowa Old Capitol Building during the Hawkeyes for Dream Iowa: #DefendDACA Rally on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Janelle Rettig, member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, speaks from the Iowa Old Capitol Building during the Hawkeyes for Dream Iowa: #DefendDACA Rally on the Pentacrest in Iowa City on Thursday, Sep. 7, 2017. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Democrat Janelle Rettig of Iowa City said she will run for re-election to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Rettig, 52, is finishing up her second full term as a supervisor. She first was appointed to the five-member board in 2009.

Rettig joins Supervisor Mike Carberry in running for re-election to the only two board seats on the ballot this fall.

“I thought ‘OK, what is it that I still what to get done?’ and the list of things I still want to get done is substantial enough,’ Rettig said in her announcement Sunday. “I just think I have the energy and the creativeness and the innovation and determination to get more things done.”

Rettig said poverty issues in Johnson County such as food insecurity, affordable housing and workforce development demand more attention.

“How do we deliver services and help bring people up so that they have the skills and abilities to compete in our marketplace? How do we help people with disabilities and seniors still be able to live here even though property values are so high?” Rettig said. “I believe that’s going to take a lot of focus of the county.”

Rettig touted her ability to emphasize infrastructure spending on matters such as roads, trails and remodeling, as well as creating planning documents.

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“You have to keep up on that stuff or you end up with much bigger bills in the future,” Rettig said. “This ability to balance the budget and lower the debt and still get infrastructure projects finished is kind of my thing. It’s something I’m passionate about.”

A campaign kickoff event is planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Big Grove Taproom in Iowa City.

Supervisors Lisa Green-Douglass, Rod Sullivan and Kurt Friese were all elected to four year terms in 2016.

The primary election is scheduled for June 5. The filing deadline for Johnson County supervisor candidates is March 28.

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