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Supervisor candidate Heiden gets support from longtime Democrats

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IOWA CITY — A candidate running for Johnson County Board of Supervisors has pulled in support from two heavy hitters among the local Democratic Party.

Patricia Heiden, executive director with Iowa City’s Oaknoll Retirement Residence and candidate for the county board, announced Tuesday that Sally Stutsman, a member of the Iowa House of Representatives for District 77, and longtime supervisor Pat Harney will act as co-chairs on her campaign.

“It is a great honor to have Sally and Pat, two serving elected officials who are strong leaders within the Democratic Party chairing my campaign,” Heiden said in a Tuesday news release.

Stutsman’s second term with the House will close at the end of the year and she is not seeking another term. Before being elected in 2012, she spent 18 years as a Johnson County Supervisor.

Harney announced earlier this year that he would not seek another term on the board. His 16th year as a supervisor will conclude this year.

Supervisors Rod Sullivan and Lisa Green-Douglass have both announced their plans to seek re-election this fall. Kurt Friese, owner of Iowa City’s Devotay restaurant also announced his candidacy for the five-member county board.

Candidates will face off in the June 7 primary before this November’s election.

As for House District 77, North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen and former Tiffin Mayor Royce Phillips have announced plans to run for the seat.

District 77 is a largely rural district that covers most of Johnson County west of Interstate 380, the portion of the county south of Iowa City. The district also covers several growing communities including North Liberty, Tiffin, Oxford, Swisher and Shueyville.

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