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Citizens call for the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors to hold a special election aimed at modifying our current method of electing Supervisors


May 26th, 2023 by Ric Hanson

Council Bluffs, IA – Representatives of the Western Iowa Labor Federation (WILF AFL-CIO) will join Concerned Citizens of Pottawattamie County on Wednesday, May 31st @ 9am to submit the required signatures collected to the county Auditor, triggering a special citizens initiative vote.

According to a press release, on August 1st, 2023, for the first time, residents will be able to decide how they want to elect representatives to the Pottawattamie County Board of Supervisors.  WILF AFL-CIO & CCPC representatives will submit the signature petitions to the Pottawattamie County Auditor before meeting with the media, Wednesday.

Comments about the planned the event include those from:

1. Jen Pellant, President, WILF, AFL-CIO, who said “It’s been a refreshing experience to lead such a vast, non-partisan coalition of grassroots city and county organizations including WILF and other labor unions, the faith community, UTST, CCPC, and the Liberty Caucus. Redistricting will help working families throughout the WHOLE county of Pottawattamie by having their voices heard through establishing equal population districts.” –
2. Lisa Lima, Program Director, NAMI Southwest Iowa, said “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to effect change for the generations to come.” –
3. And, Doug Irwin, Co-Chair of CCPC said “Kudos to those county residents that want to have a voice in how we
select those who represent us.”