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Democrat Royceann Porter wins county supervisor seat

Topples Hemingway in special election

JOHNSON COUNTY– In a historic victory, Democrat Royceann Porter will assume the vacant seat on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors.

Porter won decidedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, capturing 56 percent of the vote and defeating Republican candidate Phil Hemingway, who took 43 percent of a total 9,658 votes. Voter turnout was 9.98 percent.

The county special election was scheduled to decide the remaining two years of the late Johnson County Supervisor Kurt Friese, a Democrat, who died unexpectedly at the age of 54 in October.

A known community leader, Porter made history in November as the first African American nominated to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors. With a background in community service, she has advocated on a variety of issues, including mental health services, affordable housing, veterans’ services, workers’ rights, restorative justice and opportunities for youth. Her progressive streak even led to a strong endorsement from U.S. Senator Cory Booker from New Jersey.

Porter holds a degree in social work from Kirkwood Community College, has served on the Iowa City Community Police Review Board and currently works as a project manager for Teamsters Local 238.

“Much of the work of the board of supervisors overlaps with the community work I’ve been doing for almost three decades,” Porter said in a campaign statement on her website. “And I’d like to help the current board continue to move Johnson County in the right direction.”

Upon joining the board of supervisors, Porter will be the first person of color elected to a countywide office in Johnson County history.