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Supervisors survive primary challenge

Green-Douglass, Sullivan and Porter hold off challenger Phinney to retain seats

IOWA CITY– The three incumbents on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors held off a challenge from a newcomer in the Democratic primary election Tuesday, June 2.
Supervisors Lisa Green-Douglass, Rod Sullivan and Royceann Porter faced challenger Dean Phinney in a ballot box battle for three seats.
Green-Douglass garnered 18,875 votes (77 percent), Porter pulled in 16,961 (69 percent), and Sullivan, the longest-serving Supervisor of the trio, picked up 15,923 (65 percent) while newcomer Phinney mustered only 6,989 votes (28 percent).
Green-Douglass joined the board of supervisors in 2016 after winning a special election to complete the term vacated by Terrence Neuzil, and issued the following statement:
“I would like to thank the people of Johnson County for re-electing me to the board of supervisors. It is a great honor and privilege to serve you and I will meet the challenge by continuing to work hard for all the people of this county. Congratulations also to Royceann Porter and Rod Sullivan on their primary wins. We have shown that we work well together and we will continue to work hard. I look forward to doing all the good we can, together, as members of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
“My focuses will be on relief efforts in our continued response to COVID-19; opening GuideLink Center, our mental health access center; providing support, opportunities, and access to our immigrant communities, to people recently released from incarceration, the elderly, and those living in poverty. We have important and exciting work to do in the areas of affordable housing, transportation, affordable childcare solutions, labor issues, and climate actions. I’m ready to get back to work for you!”
Sullivan, the current chair of the board of supervisors, was first elected in 2004 and said, “There are many challenges right now in our county and our country. I will do my best to address them head on. I appreciate the vote of confidence from the people of Johnson County. I promise to do all I can to make you proud.”
There were 262 write-in votes (one percent).