CEDAR RAPIDS — With the support of several notable local Democrats, Linn County Supervisor Stacey Walker has announced his bid for a second term on the board.
Walker, 29, announced in a Monday news release that he would be seeking re-election in the upcoming supervisors election this November. In the release, Walker said his campaign had received support from state and county officials including Chair of the Linn County Democrats Bret Nilles, Rep. Liz Bennet, D — Cedar Rapids, Iowa Secretary of State candidate Deidre DeJear, former assistant Attorney General and State Auditor candidate Rob Sand and Jason Kander, former Missouri secretary of state.
“It is an honor to have the support of so many great leaders,” Walker said in the release. “I am humbled and encouraged by their support. I’m going to work hard to put myself in a position to be successful.”
Local supporters also include Cedar Rapids City Council members Ashley Vanorny and Dale Todd and current Supervisors Ben Rogers and Brent Oleson.
Walker was elected to the board in 2016, becoming Linn County’s first African-American supervisor.
Also in that election, the public voted to shrink the Linn County Board of Supervisors from five members to three, which puts all board seats up for vote this November.
“This election will be different from my first in that I’ve given voters a full view of who I am as a policymaker and an advocate. They understand that I have conviction, and I’ll stand up for I believe in. They know I can’t be bought, and that I’ll always fight for working people,” Walker said in the release.
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In addition to several who helped with his 2016 campaign, Walker announced Monday he will be assisted by consultants with GPS Strategies, from Des Moines, and Washington, D.C.-based Karen Petal, who specializes in political messaging. Walker also has retained consulting from Shawn Harmsen, the former campaign manager for Mazahir Salih, who last year was elected to the Iowa City Council. Friend and former Congressional candidate Ravi Patel will lead fundraising efforts, the release states.
“Stacey has given his life to candidates and causes he cares about,” Patel said in the release. “It’s an honor to be able to give back to him and help him win reelection so that he can get back to work for the people of Linn County.”
Walker cited efforts to increase the countywide minimum raise, which was ultimately struck down by the State Legislature, and extending collective bargaining rights for union workers as a few of his accomplishments as county supervisor.
“While we’ve made progress, I understand that there is more work to do and I have the vision and energy to get us there,” he said in the release.
If all five current supervisors run for re-election this fall, Walker and James Houser may have to campaign against each other for District 1. Supervisors Oleson and John Harris may be competing for a seat on the board in District 3, as might supervisor Rogers and potential candidate and current Linn County Auditor Joel Miller in District 2.
Earlier this year in a blind drawing, District 1 and District 2 were selected for four-year terms and District 3 will see a two-year term. The District 3 vote in 2020 will be for a standard four-year term. The end result will maintain the county’s staggered term limits for supervisors after the 2018 election.
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