County candidate PACs


On 1/19/2011, I reported the cash on hand for Linn County’s ten (10) elected officeholders.  Five years have passed – Houser left and came back – Barron retired – Langston is retiring from the County – others have ran for office – and one, Walker, is a newly announced candidate.

The dollar amounts below reflect many different campaign finance philosophies. Vander Sanden never opened a PAC (political action committee) and my PAC is currently closed.  Harris, Houser, and Rosenthal’s PACs appear to be in debt.  And Oleson has $50K to spend and recently told an audience he needs $75K to execute his campaign plan.

I know of at least one person who plans to run for office in the 2016 primary election, but until that person files an affidavit of candidacy, s/he is not an official candidate.

The time period for candidates to file to run for county office in Iowa is from March 7th – 30th.  Every Linn County elected official earns over $100K per year so you would think that fact would generate some interest in the offices up for election.

1/19/2011 – Active County Candidate PAC – Seeking Election in 2016 – 1/19/2016

$50,106.67 – Supervisor Brent Oleson – Yes – $50,592.11

$16,925.42 – Supervisor Lu Barron – retired – $0.00

$10,478.91 – Sheriff Brian Gardner – Yes – $9,581.46

$8,806.73 – Supervisor Linda Langston – retiring – $9,727.90

$3,603.43 – Supervisor John Harris – not up – (-$274.10)

$2,870.44 – Supervisor Ben Rogers – Yes – $16,454.81

$1,599.66 – Recorder Joan McCalmant – not up – $1,599.66

$1,380.59 – Treasurer Sharon Gonzalez – not up – $1,380.59

$343.69 – Auditor Joel Miller – Yes – No PAC

No PAC – Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden – not up – No PAC

$8,356.34 – Supervisor James Houser – not up – (-$2,470.78)

No PAC – Mr. Stacey Walker – Yes – opened PAC on 2/9/2016

$484.19 – Mr. Tomas Podzimek – unknown – $182.77

(-$10,394.11) – Mr. Eric Rosenthal – unknown – (-$11,450.99)

No PAC – Ms. Becky Shoop – no – $1,408.96

No PAC – Ms. Kim Taylor – unknown – $2,431.89

Key:  1/19/2011 = Cash on hand by candidate; not up = incumbent not up for re-election in 2016; 1/19/2016 = Cash on hand minus outstanding loans and/or unpaid bills.  –Joel D. Miller – Linn County Auditor
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