Oaknoll's Patricia Heiden running for Johnson County Supervisor

Heiden has worked as executive director of the not-for-profit for 20 years

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IOWA CITY — A longtime leader of an Iowa City retirement care facility has announced her bid for Johnson County’s Board of Supervisors.

Patricia Heiden, executive director for the last 20 years with not-for-profit Oaknoll Retirement Residence, announced in a Wednesday news release her candidacy for the county board. “I am excited about the journey ahead and am confident I can make a difference first and foremost by encouraging good governance,” Heiden said in the release.

Heiden noted her understanding of cooperation, inclusiveness, judgment and fiscal responsibility as some of her key strengths as a candidate.

Heiden first started working as a part-time employee in Oaknoll’s business office in 1979 and by 1995 she had become executive director.

“Not surprisingly, I am passionate in the cause of the elderly and I will continue to work tirelessly and build on past efforts to ensure this growing population will have the highest quality of life in this county,” she said in the release. “I am also committed to improving the delivery of mental health care.”

Heiden will join fellow supervisor candidate Kurt Friese, owner of Iowa City’s Devotay restaurant, in the June 7 primary.

Incumbent Rod Sullivan announced last year that he would be seeking a fourth term on the board. He was first elected in 2004.

Seats belonging to four-term Supervisor Pat Harney and recently elected Lisa Green-Douglass, who was elected in a January special election to fill the term left vacant by departing Supervisor Terrence Neuzil, also will be up for vote this November.

Green-Douglass said she too will seek re-election this fall.

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