CHARLES CITY — Floyd County Supervisor Mark Kuhn, a fixture in North Iowa politics for 25 years, announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election in November.
The veteran Democrat served on the Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 1998 and then served in the Iowa House from 1999 to 2010 when he decided to return home. He then won election once again to the Board of Supervisors and is completing his second term.
When he was in the Legislature, Kuhn was one of a group of lawmakers that created the state matrix that provides guidelines for the building of confined animal feeding operation units.
In recent years as a supervisor, he has championed ways for counties to exercise more local control on CAFOs, pointing out the law is more than 15 years old and in need of adjustments. “The litmus test is that it is too easy to pass,” he said.
In 2005, Kuhn was involved in an accident on his farm in which he injured both knees. When he returned to the Legislature, he was confined to a wheelchair —and that led to some significant changes in the statehouse.
Kuhn discovered there was no effective evacuation plan for disabled individuals in the event of a fire or other emergency. Through his efforts, an evacuation plan was developed and implemented.
“It was one of the most satisfying, most meaningful things I ever accomplished in the Legislature,” he said.