Qualifications to run for county supervisor


Now that the supervisor districts have been approved for Linn County (see previous post), it’s time for prospective candidates to review the map and reflect on whether the time is right for them to run for county supervisor. Per the attachment, the qualifications for Linn county supervisor candidates are:

1> Citizen at the time of the election. [§39.26];

2> Iowa resident at the time of the election. Registered voter of the county/supervisor district when sworn in;

3> 18 at the time of the election. [§39.26]; and

4> At least 150 nomination signatures or 1% of registered voters in the supervisor district as of July 1 of previous year.

Qualification #2 is intriguing because we have had candidates in recent elections who resided outside the supervisor district they would ultimately represent. Those candidates were not elected, but had they won, they would have needed to register to vote inside the supervisor district they were elected to represent. I wonder if any candidate residing in one supervisor district will run in another supervisor district in the 2018 election cycle?

I was talking with a well-known Linn County resident last night and I encouraged him to seek political office – not just because he was well-known, but because he’s highly educated, has excellent job experience, and is a great communicator. He said to me that he did too many wild things when he was young and that he would never be elected because of them. I suggested to him that if you have to be a perfect person to be elected to office, then no one would be in office. Think about it! -Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor

Candidate qualifications guide.pdf

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