A roundup of campaign news items:
WAHLS KICKOFF: Iowa Senate hopeful Zach Wahls will hold a campaign kickoff from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday At Backpocket Brewing in Coralville. Former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander and Iowa City City Councilwoman Mazahir Salih will announce their endorsements.
Kander, whom Politico called the “hottest star in Democratic politics, is chairman of the Democratic National Committee’s Commission to Protect American Democracy from the Trump administration. Salih is the first Sudanese-American to hold elected office in the United States and recently named 2017 Press-Citizen Person of the Year.
Wahls faces Janice Weiner of Coralville in the June 5 primary for the Democratic nomination in Senate 37, which consists of Cedar and Johnson counties, including Iowa City, Coralville, Solon, West Branch, Mechanicsville, Stanwood, Clarence, Lowden, Tipton, Bennett, Rochester, Durant and Wilton.
For more information, please visit www.zachwahlsforiowa.com.
CALIGURI IN JOHNSON COUNTY: Ginny Caliguri of Osceola, who is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in Iowa’s 2nd District, will visit Johnson County on March 26-27.
Caliguri will have two meet-and-greet events with Johnson County voters.
Caliguri will be at Midtown Family Restaurant, 1069 Highway. 1 in Iowa City from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and at the Radisson Hotel-Coralville Conference Center, 1220 1st Avenue in Coralville, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27.
LINN DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION: The Linn County Democratic convention begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Kirkwood Regional Center, 1770 Boyson Rd. in Hiawatha.
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In addition to hearing from candidates for several offices, the convention will elect delegates to the 1st District convention who also will be delegates to the state convention, elect members of the committees for the 1st District convention, elect a Linn County Affirmative Action chairperson, and adopt Linn County platform resolutions.
Find a copy of the convention booklet at http://www.linncountydemocrats.org.
OUR REVOLUTION ENDORSES: Johnson County Supervisor Mike Carberry has been endorsed for re-election by Our Revolution Johnson County, the successor to the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
Carberry was endorsed for his vote to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, indexed to inflation. Carberry also voted in the new Comprehensive Plan to eliminate the North Corridor Development Area to stop urban sprawl into rural areas and protect farmland from residential development.
Carberry has led efforts to support small farmers through a Local Food Hub and a new farmer incubator program at the Historic County Poor Farm. The Poor Farm also is proposed as a location for new affordable housing units and to build prairies and new connecting trails, Carberry said. He also is leading Solarize Johnson County, a program that invites citizens to buy residential rooftop solar panels at group discount rates. Carberry supports a new Behavioral Health Access Center to increase the county’s mental health services.