Johnson Supervisor Carberry to seek re-election

Democrat cites poverty, environment as main issues

Mike Carberry

Johnson County supervisor
Mike Carberry Johnson County supervisor

IOWA CITY — Democrat Mike Carberry of Iowa City announced Wednesday he’s running for re-election to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Carberry, 57, is wrapping up his first term on the board. His seat, along with Supervisor Janelle Rettig’s, will be on the ballot this fall.

“There’s just a lot of issues that need to be addressed. We’re not done yet,” Carberry said. “You want to continue to make Johnson County the best in the Midwest, and one of the ways to do that is to keep fighting and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Carberry said he would focus on improving issues related to poverty and the environment. That includes the cost of living, lack of affordable housing and low wages, and support for local foods and solar power.

“I want to do everything I can to help fight the war in poverty on Johnson County and hopefully across the state. Hopefully, we can be a leader,” Carberry said.

Carberry, who is the board chairman this year, pointed his work on the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm improvements and his votes on raising the county’s minimum wage and crating the Community ID program that helps people obtain identification cards.

Carberry said he’s lived in the county for 32 years and previously served as an environmental advocate and lobbyist. He studied business administration at the University of Iowa.

A campaign kickoff event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at The Mill in Iowa City.

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

The primary election will be June 5.

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