Adam Jensen announces as Republican for Linn County District 2 supervisor

Former Army medic says he still feels need to serve

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CEDAR RAPIDS — Adam Jensen says he hopes to bring his military and business management experience to county office.

Jensen, 34, was selected earlier this month in a special nomination convention as a Republican challenger to Democrat Stacey Walker for the District 2 seat on the Linn County Board of Supervisors.

Jensen, who was honorably discharged in 2014 after serving as a medic in the U.S. Army, said he viewed a seat on the five-member board as a new opportunity to serve.

“I basically decided to run because I felt like, after my service to the country, I felt I still had this need to serve the constituents of Cedar Rapids, of Linn County. This is where I grew up. I feel I still have more that I can give,” Jensen said this week.

Linn County GOP Chairwoman Cindy Golding also touted Jensen’s desire to serve.

“Serving is just part of his DNA. He’s just an amazing young man. I’m very excited about him,” she said.

If elected, Jensen, a Cedar Rapids native, said he hopes to use his experience in business management — he received a master’s of business administration from the University of Maryland University College in May — to make the board more fiscally conservative.

“I actually have experience with multimillion dollar accounts,” he said. Jensen is currently the second- and third-shift materials supervisor for Kraft Heinz in Cedar Rapids.

In addition, with voters set also vote this November on whether they want to stay with five supervisors or downsize to three, Jensen said he wants to see supervisor pay reduced, rather than shrinking the board. A supervisor’s annual salary this budget year is a little more than $103,000.

That would allow the county to save money while not sacrificing the added representation that comes with five districts, he said.

“Then you have the accountability and representation that was voted on by the constituents of Linn County,” Jensen said, referencing the 2006 vote that expanded the board from three supervisors to five.

Jensen said he disagrees with the board’s ongoing discussion about potentially raising Linn County’s minimum wage to $10.25 by 2017. He said wages should be handled by business owners.

“I believe in a smaller government. We shouldn’t be coming in and demanding a minimum wage,” he said.

Between now and November, Jensen said he’ll be door knocking and embarking on a largely grass-roots campaign to meet District 2 voters.

On Nov. 8, he will face Walker for the District 2 seat, which was left vacant — and temporarily filled by Amy Johnson — when former Supervisor Linda Langston resigned this spring.

Walker ousted former Gazette reporter and Democrat Dick Hogan in the June primary.

District 2 is one of three Cedar Rapids districts, which includes much of the southern portion of the city.

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