In 1984, when Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro were running as the Democratic candidates in the presidential election, the Iowa Democratic Party hired a young woman as their only Johnson County field organizer. Her job was to “Get Out the Vote” for the Democrats. Her name was Janice Weiner, and she had just finished law school. I, too, worked on that effort. I got to know Janice as a person, as well as a terrific organizer. In my memory, the evening before Election Day, we workers on the campaign virtually had contacted as many Johnson County Democratic voters as possible. Turnout was helped by the fact that Janice and her dad had, for the first time ever, computerized the Democrats’ database of Election Day volunteers.
Janice, after a career as a diplomat in the U.S. State Department, moved back to Johnson County. She has decided to put her considerable talents, energy and compassion into public service here in Johnson County and is running in the June 5 primary for retiring Bob Dvorsky’s state Senate seat.
Janice not only is intelligent and efficient, she is compassionate and cares about the well-being of all Iowans. Her diplomatic skills and ability to listen and work for solutions will serve us well.