Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig and Robin Butler Announce Their Endorsement of Kamala Harris for President.
"Kamala Harris is a compassionate leader that calls upon our better instincts to improve our world. She is wicked smart, tough, and adaptive. She cares about people. She is an active listener who never stops trying to solve problems. It will be an honor to stand with Kamala Harris on caucus night."
Janelle Rettig and Robin Bulter
December 1, 2019
We have met all the main candidates, studied their positions, read their books, watched every debate and watched or read hundreds of interviews. We feel very privileged to live in Iowa where we have opportunities to see these candidates in small groups and large rallies. We don't take our access lightly. We believe in studying the candidates while they submit their resumes for President of the United States. We have high expectations of candidates and their positions.
This Presidential cycle the Democrats have an amazing group of candidates and it would be an honor to stand up on Caucus night with several of them. We have been activists for our entire adult lives and not endorsing in this very important election is against our roots. We have spent our lives as activists on many issues such as LGBTQ civil rights and marriage equality, environmental issues and conservation, women's equality and reproductive rights and poverty and affordable housing. We believe in the power of a small group of individuals to change the world for the better.
After many hours of discussion, we have decided to endorse Kamala Harris. We do so with great admiration of several other candidates.
Kamala Harris is a combination of intelligence, toughness, caring, listening, adapting and leadership we find impossible to ignore. We have watched her listen, learn and adapt as she met more and more people with stories to tell. She is smart and thoughtful, but also as strong, determined and tough as they come. Harris knows how to get things done by being flexible and finding common ground, but also knows when to stay strong and true.
Harris shines when she talks about bringing women up in access, pay, opportunities and education. She knows economic disparity is a crisis in our Country. Harris listened to many people and labor unions about forcing people to give up private insurance and has been flexible enough to adapt and allow her plan to change for the better. Her knowledge of International Affairs is rarely on display in this cycle, but when glimpses of issues surface, it is clear her Intelligence Committee credentials put her above many other candidates.
We have given much of our life to LGBTQ civil rights and marriage equality. When many people rejected our civil rights and were pushing civil unions, Kamala Harris was standing up for same-sex couples and performing their wedding ceremonies. Her upbringing of activism and having protester parents gives her the deep-rooted courage to be ahead of popular opinion and do what is right.
It does matter to us that Kamala Harris is a woman of color who was an activist on marriage equality long before it was cool. Her history, her upbringing, her instincts are to fight for those in need.
Kamala Harris is a compassionate leader that calls upon our better instincts to improve our world. She is wicked smart, tough, and adaptive. She cares about people. She is an active listener who never stops trying to solve problems. It will be an honor to stand with Kamala Harris on caucus night.
Please consider joining us in supporting Kamala Harris.