Local Government

Stacey Walker files for Linn County Supervisor candidacy

If elected, Walker would be the first African American to serve

CEDAR RAPIDS — Stacey Walker, chair of the newly created Safe, Equitable and Thriving Communities Task Force, has filed the paperwork to be a candidate for Linn County’s Board of Supervisors.

Walker, 28, announced his candidacy for the county seat — to be left vacant with current Supervisor Linda Langston’s announcement that she will not seek another term this fall — in a Friday news release.

The release states that Walker, who is running for the five-member board’s District 2 seat, has received endorsements from Langston, Supervisors Brent Oleson and Ben Roger and State Representative Liz Bennett.

“I am thrilled and honored to see the initial outpouring of support for this campaign,” Walker said in the release. “I look forward to the chance to serve the residents of Linn County, listen to their viewpoints and find new ways to strengthen our community.” If elected, Walker, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, would be the first African-American to serve as a Linn County Supervisor.

“I am so proud our campaign represents the diverse mix of individuals that live in this district,” Walker said in the release. “Our supporters include both teachers and business-owners, factory workers and artists, students and retirees. Together, I know we can create and implement innovative ideas to improve Linn County.”

The county’s District 2 covers most of southern Cedar Rapids, including parts of downtown, Oak Hill Jackson, New Bohemia, College Township and parts of Ely.

Seats also up for vote this year are those belonging to District 3’s Ben Rogers and district 4’s Brent Oleson. Both two-term supervisors have announced they plan to seek re-election.

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