WATERLOO — The state director of Americans for Democratic Action is seeking a seat on the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors this year.
Chris Schwartz has announced he will be running in the June 7 Democratic primary for one of three ballot slots in the November general election for the board overseeing county government operations.
Schwartz, 35, of 1105 Mulberry St., is fresh off his campaign for Waterloo’s Ward 4 City Council seat, where he came up short in a run-off election.
Schwartz believes county government is a good fit for his progressive agenda.
“We need to build a local movement here in Black Hawk County to raise the minimum wage, reform our criminal justice system, protect workers’ rights, improve public health and protect our environment,” he said. “With a lot of hard work and a little bit of imagination we can build that movement.”
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Schwartz said he’s been an advocate for “social, environmental, racial and economic justice” since he was inspired by an elementary school teacher to speak out against Ku Klux Klan cross burnings.
Schwartz moved to the Cedar Valley from Dubuque to study music and political science at the University of Northern Iowa. He stayed in the area and has been active in organizing a number of gatherings and protests to raise awareness of progressive political causes.
Three of the five county supervisors’ posts are up for election this year. Incumbent Tom Little has announced his plans to seek a fourth term while neither Linda Laylin nor John Miller have stated yet whether they will run again.