Monday, November 5, 2018

I would appreciate your vote!

I would appreciate one of your two votes for Johnson County Supervisor.

I care:

- about social justice and civil rights
- about people living in poverty, about the hungry, the lack of affordable housing and health and mental health care for all.
- about climate change, clean water and clean air.
- recreation, trails and conservation.
- good roads, bridges, buses and trains, but also alternative and newly emerging transportation options.

I believe:

- County Government has a role to play in making Johnson County more caring, more welcoming and more livable for all of us.
-goverment should be transparent and open.
- budgets should be responsible and balanced.

I will stand with and fight for:

- people being targeted and marginalized.
- civil and human rights.
- for the LGBTQ community.
- for immigrants.
- for human compassion.
- for people with disabilities.
- for people living in poverty.
- for safety from violence.
- for collective bargaining.
- for the environment.

I'm a proven, liberal, innovative, leader and I would greatly appreciate your vote.

Thank you Veterans

Johnson County Veterans Affairs put on another great event at Kinnick on Saturday honoring Veterans. Thanks to all the sponsors, County staff and volunteers that made it possible. Gary Boseneiler is a caring and innovative Veterans Affairs Director.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Congratulations to CWJ

Congratulations to the Center for Worker Justice on their new offices and community space on 1st Ave (behind the Ave Club). They had their open house today and started out strong with 3rd year law students volunteering to help immigrants with their legal needs.

It is an honor to work with CWJ on so many issues from raising minimum wage and Community ID to wage theft and supporting immigrants.

My favorite line from the musical Hamilton is, "immigrants, we get the job done." I think that could be written about the founders and members of CWJ. I am inspired by their determination and activism.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Rettig endorsed by labor

I'm very thankful for the support of organized labor for my re-election. Collective bargaining helps secure safe workplaces, build the middle class and improve productivity.

I have been endorsed by eight labor bodies:

Iowa City Federation of Labor
AFSCME Council 61
Carpenter's Local 1260
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Building Trades Council
Hawkeye Labor Council AFL-CIO
IBEW Local 405
Iowa State Building and Construction Trades Council
Teamster's Local 238

Friday, October 26, 2018

Thinking about Kurt Friese, Kim and all of the Friese family.

Robin and I have known Kurt and Kim Friese  since they first opened Devotay. At the time, we owned a store down the street from the restaurant. The whole neighborhood came together and formed a business association called the Northside Martkeplace.

Kurt would often show his love for people and for organizations he cared about by cooking for them. Potlucks in the Board office were fun with Kurt around. Less than two weeks ago he cooked BBQ for all the Democrats and Presidential candidates. When I told him how good the BBQ was he said he loved doing it and wanted to make it an annual tradition.

Kurt and I shared a love of cycling and the Cubs. Every day he would keep me up to date on when pitchers and catchers report and what Cubs had done what. He had an app that had a countdown to the second on when spring training would start.

Kurt was smart and he was engaged in local, national and world issues. I never knew him to ever hear of a topic he didn't want to know more about. He researched everything and would often tell me about world happenings. Kurt cared about issues, but he cared about people more. He always wanted to help people. He was passionate about local foods, LGBTQ civil rights, cycling, conservation, mental health and so much more.

Kurt was the Captain of the County NAMI Walk team and he was working on a plan to have every Johnson County employee go through mental health first aid training. He said that knowing what others go through and how to respond would help every employee.

Kurt loved his wife and children with every soul of his being. He would show me pictures, tell me about Kim's travels for work and tell me about his children. I'm so very sorry for Kim and the kids. He also loved this really cute dog named Archie. I always loved when Archie stopped by the office. I can't even imagine what they are going through.

I know Kurt's family and friends local and across the country will be telling lots of great stories about Kurt. I'll just say, he was always kind to me and everyone I saw him with, he was passionate, he was an activist, he was thoughtful and smart. The County is devastated and in shock. We are going, I am going, to miss Kurt Friese. Please hold Kurt and his family in your light and know life is fragile. Please love deeply, care deeply, tomorrow is not guaranteed for any of us.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Free Medical Clinic: Raise the Roof

The Free Medical Clinic needs a new roof. Robin and I know what it is like to have bad health insurance with high deductibles and pre-existing condition riders, so we have always been supportive of the Free Medical Clinic. Free Med is now in its 47th year and a lot has changed since the hippie days. Now more and more clients are the working poor with chronic illness and no other access to affordable health and dental care. It would be great to have a country where health, mental health and dental care were equally accessible to all, but that is not where we are right now. Free Med needs us. You can help them get a new roof for $20, $20 will buy a new shingle. Let's raise the roof.
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