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John Etheredge came to office some 20 months ago in a special election that was called by some 'the perfect storm'. But in those 20 months John has shown to be an effective and dedicated Johnson County Supervisor.
He has studied the issues thoroughly as they have come to the Board and taken the initiative to work on projects that have benefitted not only Johnson County, but the rest of the state. John has gained the respect of other elected officials throughout Johnson County, as well as the state of Iowa. His willingness to listen with respect to all sides has been a hallmark of John's tenure. Those who may not have agreed with John, always come away knowing that their side has been heard and considered as he made his decision.
Even though John is running as a Republican on this ticket, I would urge all voters to disregard the party label and vote for a supervisor who has consistently shown that he will work for the good of all Johnson County residents.
I have already voted for John Etheredge, and I encourage those of you who will still be casting a ballot to do the same.
Democrats Bruce Braley and Dave Loeback have been in Washington for eight years. These two party-hack clowns have earned nicknames, "Beltway Bruce" and "DC Dave."
Neither man has done much at all while occupying office space at taxpayer expense, other than to rubber stamp the Obama agenda.
Beltway Bruce attends more fundraisers than meetings and hearings. Washington is a higher priority for him than Iowa. Look how little he actually works, how little of it is about Iowa. Check out the paperwork he does put out, it doesn't go anywhere because it's not good.
DC Dave also is more focused on maintaining his seat in Washington than he is on doing what's right for Iowans. Like Braley, he likes to attach his name to a lot of paperwork, but he doesn't actually do a lot of work himself. What little he does produce, doesn't go anywhere because it's not good.
Recent columnists are correct that the proposed local option sales tax is a regressive tax disproportionately hurting those most in need.
Also, ballot language that the sales tax in Iowa City will increase affordable housing for households making “at or below 80 percent of area median income” is too vague. Iowa City’s website shows 80 percent of the median income for a household size of one is $44,550, and 30 percent of the median income (poverty level) for a household size of four is $23,850. Iowa City needs to better define affordable housing so voters know the community will benefit and money is directed to the greatest need.
Further, the sales tax being voted down doesn’t have to mean fewer services. Rethink capital improvements. For example, the $51 million (and growing) Gateway project to raise Dubuque Street to protect against some, but not all, potential future flooding is a boondoggle which is projected to last at least two construction seasons — a prolonged nightmare for commuters. An alternative access to downtown could be created at a fraction of the cost by extending Foster Road to Prairie du Chien, which would also open up land for development.
And it is questionable whether using TIF and not collecting tax dollars to promote private ownership of high-rise condominiums is ever appropriate. Collect the tax dollars in non-blighted areas.
Vote “No” to require Iowa City to reevaluate spending priorities and reconsider its generosity with TIFs.
A real leader stands proudly, conveying his or her vision to voters, giving people a message of substance touting their judgement, training and experience. Real leaders urge you to vote FOR an issue, FOR someone.
Bruce Bailey hasn't done that. He's run away from his Obamacare vote. He won't talk about his record. His whole campaign is based on trying to tear down his opponent, Joni Ernst. Rather than give you a positive message, promote his record and ask you to vote FOR him, Bruce Bailey's campaign ads ask you to vote AGAINST Joni Ernst. His messages are "anti-Ernst," it's all negative stuff.
That's not leadership.
In contrast, Joni Ernst has a lot of positive campaign ads online, on radio and TV. She has touted her experience as a state legislator and as a Commander in the military. Her message of Iowa values and the substance that is demonstrated with her state house and military record resonates with voters.