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The five-member Board of Supervisors are responsible for creating ordinances and a budget to govern the county. They have responsibility for human services, parks, roads and bridges, and law enforcement.The League of Women Voters of Johnson County will host a virtual forum with the candidates for Johnson County Supervisor on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 6 p.m. It can be viewed on this website.Voters will elect 3 from 4 candidates in the November 3, 2020 election.

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    Lisa Green-Douglass
    (Dem)

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    Phil Hemingway
    (Rep)

  • Royceann Porter
    (Dem)

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    Rod Sullivan
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What makes you the best choice for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors?

What will be your approach to potential budget shortfalls that result from the pandemic response?

What issue has the highest priority for you in our county's future and how will you address it?

Campaign Phone (319) 936-0175
Twitter @LGreenDouglass
Age 61
Current Occupation/Work Experience County Supervisor since 2016; experience in budgeting; Boards & Committees: Sixth Judicial District, East Central Regional for Mental Health & Disability Services, Metropolitan Planning Organization of Johnson County, Steering & Executive Committee for GuideLink Center, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Green Team
Community Involvement Facility planning & design for Clear Creek Amana schools, UIHC Department of Labor & Delivery; GuideLink Center; TeamCan; Johnson County Democrats
Education BA Sam Houston State University; MA University of Iowa; PhD University of Iowa
Other Relevant Experiences College professor; job-specific Spanish language trainer; interpreter & translator; Board of Examiners, Command Spanish, Inc; Volunteer at Growing Together community garden, North Liberty Food Pantry; Wage recovery with Center For Worker Justice
An experienced strong leader, I'm the best Supervisor candidate. I support the under served, budget judiciously for county needs, opt for most environmentally friendly choice, practice equity & inclusion, support access to mental health services.
Looking at the county budget vs. actual expenses & revenues, we're in a surprisingly good position, despite the pandemic. The county maintains reserves for emergencies. While we can't control shortfalls in revenue, we can and will curb our expenses, if necessary.

I plan to ask each department head to prioritize budget requests and indicate which ones can be deferred. We can also eliminate just one Roads project this fiscal year to greatly reduce our expenses.
Each issue we're given is the most important issue in the moment. However, I've always prioritized the provision of affordable, accessible mental healthcare. I continue to serve on all committees charged with opening GuideLink Center, our mental health access center. As we transition to adding children's mental healthcare to our region, I'll work to give it the same priority I've always given to adult mental healthcare. I'll continue to foster strong relationships with community providers.
Campaign Phone (319) 430-9373
Age 60
Current Occupation/Work Experience Self-employed mechanic, have worked overseas in Central America, Africa and the former Soviet Union. ASE certified Master Tech. Small business owner in Johnson County since 1997. Former member of the 105 Steelworkers Union of Davenport.
Community Involvement Leader of Band parents organization at City High; elected to ICCSD Board of Education from 2015-2019. Member of the Integrated Pest Management Committee, Inclusive Playground Committee, Ag and FFA steering committee, Operations Committee and Chairman of the Finance Committee ICCSD.
Education Graduate West Branch High School (1978); attended University of Iowa; continued trades education with seminars and workshops in the field of auto repair. Diversity training and Implicit bias training completed.
Other Relevant Experiences Working overseas gave me the opportunity to interact with many different people and customs.
Transparency and diversity of ideas are vital to successful decision making by any group. Our county would benefit greatly from a Supervisor who has actually worked and lived on a farm in Johnson County and has a blue-collar background.
Our entire community has been affected by this pandemic. I have a proven record of being a watchdog for wasteful spending. We have to make sure that decisions we make are data driven and that we ensure the health and safety of our residents, and that we do everything in our power to assist businesses and rural residents who have been affected by weather (drought and Derecho) as well as loss of markets. We will examine every budget category and do our best with what we have.
A society that doesn't support law enforcement, first responders & the rule of law will quickly disintegrate into anarchy & chaos. All county elected officials & employees must be accountable to the community. All voices should be shared, recognized & valued. I've always supported & protected every individual’s right to free speech & assembly and will continue to do so; but will not tolerate the destruction of public & private property. Let's recognize differences of opinion & be civil about it.
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Campaign Phone (319) 354-7199
Twitter @rodsulivan111
Age 54
Current Occupation/Work Experience Incumbent Supervisor. Social worker by trade.
Community Involvement St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Iowa Foster & Adoptive Parent Association, NAMI, Center for Worker Justice, ACLU Hawkeye Chapter, AFT Local 716, and Iowa City Federation of Labor. I also served 4 years as Chair of the Johnson County Democratic Party.
Education K-12 at Lisbon Schools. BA from the University of Iowa.
Other Relevant Experiences Leadership during the Covid-19 crisis. Leadership during ’08 floods. Raising the minimum wage – the 1st county in Iowa to do so. Passed a Human Rights Ordinance – the 1st county in Iowa to do so. Passed a Sensitive Areas Ordinance – the 1st county in Iowa to do so. Passed the Conservation Bond Initiative – the 1st county in Iowa to do so. Passed the Community ID Program – the 1st county in Iowa to do so.
I am a proven leader, through the pandemic, floods, and day to day activities. Since I have been a member of the Board, Johnson County has been the most innovative county in Iowa, creating numerous "firsts".
We need to fight for all the federal funding we can get. Otherwise, budgeting is budgeting. You weigh the needs versus the available resources, and do the best you can. I have balanced this before. I actually expect the county budget to be in worse shape in a year or two, after businesses have closed or had their properties reassessed.
Poverty. There are simply too many people in Johnson County who do not earn enough to make a living. That is why I led the fight to raise the minimum wage, and why I have spent 30 + years championing local human services efforts. I will continue to address it through innovative programs, fully expecting the Governor and Republicans in the Statehouse to attempt to block any and every creative idea for assisting those with less.