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Hemingway: Johnson County has a choice

Phil Hemingway is a Republican candidate for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

For far too long Johnson County voters have not been given a choice for supervisor. They have had one-party primaries followed by coronations.

My name is Phil Hemingway and I am a Republican candidate for Johnson County Supervisor on the Nov. 3 ballot. I am a lifelong resident of Johnson County, and have farmed or worked in the skilled trades all my adult life.

I served for four years on the ICCSD Board of Education and was part of the Integrated Pest Management Policies for our district, which removed chemicals from the inside and on our school grounds. I was part of the steering committee which approved agricultural education and FFA in our schools for the first time. I worked with community members and ICCSD staff and was the only board member on the inclusive playground committee, which produced our inclusive playground policy. I was chairman of the ICCSD finance committee for three years and volunteered to review bills and invoices of all district expenditures every two weeks.

I look to bring this same level of fiscal oversight to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. I also look to bring my blue collar, common-sense background to this position.

Rural residents and farmers, as well as all members of our community, need allies not adversaries when it comes to the Board of Supervisors. Everyone needs to be able to trust that the decisions made are fair and are applied equally to all with fidelity; and that people who navigate county services have a consistent and clear road map with no surprises.

It is important to support law enforcement, first responders and the rule of law — for a society who does not do this will quickly disintegrate into anarchy and chaos. All county elected officials and employees must be accountable to the community. All voices should be shared and recognized and valued. I have always supported and protected every individual’s right to free speech and assembly and will continue to do so; but we, as a community, should not tolerate the destruction of public and private property to that end. We must recognize differences of opinion and conduct it in a civil manner.

If you have any questions for me, contact me via email: hemingwayforsupervisor@gmail.com.

I ask for your vote on or before Nov. 3.

Phil Hemingway is a Republican candidate for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

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