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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Essential Estrogen: Lundby Chooses Possible County Seat Over State Post

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

In a move that won't surprise many in eastern Iowa politics, Iowa
Senate Minority Leader Mary Lundby announced today that she would not
seek re-election to the Legislature and instead will run for a seat on
the Linn County Board of Supervisors. The move follows two elections
-- one last fall to increase the number of supervisors from three to
five and a second held Tuesday, which determined how the new
supervisors would be elected. Just more than 56 percent of those
voting in Linn County chose to have the county divided into five
districts of roughly 38,000 people. Candidates for the supervisor post
would be required to live within the district, and only residents of
that district could determine who would serve them at the county
level. In a telephone interview, Lundby, 59, said she made the
decision to leave the senate more than a week ago. "I told family,
friends and colleagues about my decision," she said. "Yesterday, the
election determined that Marion would make up about 60 to 70 percent
of a new county supervisor district. Since I still want to be involved
and serving my community, I thought that would be an opportunity."

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