Progressives Step Up to Challenge Polk County Incumbents in Write In Effort

“…the idea that we can’t convert a stable Democratic majority on the County Board into a $15 minimum wage for all workers is outrageous”.

-Jonathan Neiderbach

Progressives Jonathan Neiderbach and Dylan Funk, in light of the recent handling of the minimum wage ordinance, have stepped up to challenge incumbent Polk County Supervisors Robert Brownell and Steve Van Oort. Both Republican incumbents are running uncontested because the Democratic Party had failed to put up a challenger for the seats. The efforts by the two challengers are write-in campaigns.

Challenging Brownell is Jonathan Neiderbach; a long time Democrat and former candidate for State Auditor.  “Polk County government needs a through shakeup,” Neiderbach said, “and the idea that we can’t convert a stable Democratic majority on the County Board into a $15 minimum wage for all workers is outrageous”.

Brownell and Neiderbach are squaring off in District 1 of Polk County, which include the cities of Johnston, Urbandale, Grimes, Windsor Heights, Polk City, Elkhart, Sheldahl, and Alleman.

Van Oort, who recently made headlines being more absorbed in his iPad than in county business at the first reading of the minimum wage ordinance, is being challenged by Progressive Caucus Vice Chair Dylan Funk.

Funk and Van Oort are squaring off in District 3 of Polk County, which include the cities of Ankeny, Pleasant Hill, Bondurant, and Altoona.

 

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