Letter to the editor: Vote Pat Heiden and Janelle Rettig for Johnson County supervisor

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Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig speaks during a rally on the Pentacrest to show support for sexual assault survivors and stand against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. — photo by Zak Neumann

By J.P. Claussen

While I do respect Phil Hemingway’s tenacity and dedication, I support both Janelle Rettig and Pat Heiden for supervisor on Nov. 6. I specifically want to explain why I am supporting Pat.

Criticism has been leveled that Pat hasn’t always been a Democrat, and Janelle used to work for Republican Congressman Jim Leach. I didn’t join the Democratic party until 2000. Bill Bradley, endorsed by Paul Wellstone, inspired me to caucus and attend the county and district Democratic conventions. I then worked to elect Al Gore in a very difficult year for Democrats.

Before 2000, and since, I have been an activist for many progressive issues. Candidates I support, in any given primary, don’t often make it to the general election. I have long understood that above ideology, good governance is needed, and I support expressing solidarity as a Democrat. I believe Pat will provide an even-handedness and will treat issues with fairness and intelligence. I respect her for leaving a party that no longer represents her values.

I support robust and passionate primaries. After the primary, as Democrats, we unite. We are a Big Tent party, we don’t agree on everything; we do share fundamental values. Those who are brave enough to put themselves up for public office and win primaries deserve our support.

I encourage Johnson County Democrats to support Janelle Rettig and Pat Heiden for supervisor.

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