DAVENPORT, IA - August 23, 2010
A growing number of Scott County residents are working towards establishing an independent slate of candidates, comporting with the Non-Party Political Organization (NPPO) criteria, to be on the November ballot under the name Iowans For Accountability.
A nominating convention for Iowans For Accountability candidates for the Scott County November ballot is being held Tuesday evening, August 24th 2010 at the Bucktown Arts Warehouse in downtown Davenport, Iowa.
[Meeting Location: 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, IA 52801; 4th floor loft, Suite 400; free parking on Pershing, 2nd Streets and in private lot east of building. ]
Organizers are hopeful to see the three-letter acronym "IFA" on the ballot this November, along with challengers for the three open Supervisor seats as well as the un-opposed County Attorney and County Treasurer positions.
To do so, Iowans For Accountability must secure the participation of more than 50% of Scott County's 63 election precincts, which translates into the support of voting age residents from at least 32 precincts throughout the county.
Tuesday's meeting marks the third and last effort to confirm nominations, as the deadline for filing is Wednesday. The group of non-partisan supporters convened their first meeting on August 12th and documented 21 precincts. Last Friday 25 precincts were represented by 38 delegates at the meeting.
"The two meetings so far, have been healthy training wheels for the non-party affiliated tax payers of Scott County," said Mike Angelos, one of the organizers. "We've had people who've never met each other before, attend from Blue Grass, Buffalo, Eldridge, LeClaire, Davenport and Bettendorf."
On August 12th, Michael Elliott, former candidate for Scott County Auditor, was voted Chair of the convening nominations. And Michael Angelos, retired electronics engineer at the Arsenal, was elected Secretary. A central committee was also elected by the original delegates at this first meeting. Said committee is made up of John Riley (Blue Grass), Diane Holst (Eldridge), Jesse Anderson (LeClaire), Thomas Rutherford (Davenport) and Todd McGreevy (Bettendorf).
"We've defined our issues, both local and national. We've developed a strong field of nominees for the supervisor positions. And, we've defined our brand, Iowans For Accountability," says Eliott. "We just need to ensure we reach 32 precincts Tuesday night and our slate will be able to ensure the critical issues for Scott County are actually discussed this Fall."
On August 20th the attendees discussed and confirmed the NPPO name would be: Iowans For Accountability (IFA).
In addition, the following county-wide issues were identified as priorities for investigation by those nominated:
* Unchecked Property Tax Increases
* Unchecked Spending, ex. SECC911
* Non-Transparent Justice System
* Cronyism and Fast Tracking
The unifying theme for the assembling delegates regarding national priorities included opposing un-declared and imperialistic wars, fiat currency via the Federal Reserve system, individual and corporate welfare and bailouts, and invasion of privacy via the so-called Patriot Act.
The IFA supporters seek to nominate and get elected representatives who are, "engaged in the evaluation and decision making process of the business of the county in which we live," says Elliott, chairman of the wanna-be NPPO. "The Republicans and Democrats bring no new scrutiny or problem solving to any of the common sense issues that the people of Scott County deal with every day."
While organizers are confident they have a qualified slate of Supervisor candidates in mind for Tuesday's convention, they admit that the propositions for challenging the currently un-opposed County Attorney and County Treasurer incumbents have been very few.
The Iowans For Accountability nominating convention is open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with a 7pm planned start time, with people from at least 32 Scott County precincts represented.
For more information contact:
Michael Elliott, Chairman
Michael Angelos, Secretary
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