Friese: Building an inclusive county

Much chatter about the Democratic primary for Johnson County Board of Supervisors has focused on alliances, endorsements and “real” Democratic values.

There are no slates in this election. I am not running with any of the other candidates, nor to my knowledge is any other candidate. Around the county you will find my yard signs next to those of all five other candidates in the race, as well as next to those of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Rob Hogg, Tom Fiegen, and Black Lives Matter. I am honored to be in all that good company.

I have tried to make my positions well known. We need to stop pouring concrete on farm land, broaden transportation options, lift the stigma from mental illness and tackle affordable housing. There is much more detail at

I am running because of my deep passion for our community and to help build a Johnson County that is more regenerative, resilient, sustainable and inclusive. I am in this to put my progressive Democratic principles to work for all the people of Johnson County.

If you believe as I do in responsive government that works for everyone, not just the privileged; that to go far we must go together; that, in the words of the late, great Paul Wellstone, “We all do better when we all do better” — then I ask you to spread the word, I ask for your support, and I ask for your vote now through June 7.

Kurt Michael Friese

Iowa City


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