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    Shelly Servadio Elias

    Discover Muscatine offered all candidates the opportunity to provide information about themselves, their campaigns and to answer a few questions to help voters get to know them better.

    Office Sought: Board of Supervisors – District 4

    Political Party: Democrat

    Campaign website: https://shellyforsupervisor.com/

    Candidate email address: [email protected]

    Campaign Committee: Citizens for Michelle Servadio Elias

    Educational Background

    NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
    Tulare High SchoolTulareCA1988diploma
    College of the SequoiasVisaliaCA2003AS Nursing

    Employment History

    EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
    retiredRegistered Nurse

    Endorsements Received

    OrganizationDateContact Name
    Quad City Federation of Labor6/16/20Allison Ritchie, Chair Muscatine WIN Committee
    League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Muscatine Chapter7/15/20Nick Salazar, State Director
    International Association of Bridge, Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers Local 1117/20/20Bob McFadden
    AFSCME Council 618/25/20Danny Homan, President

    Why are you running for election?

    I am running because things in our county need to be addressed through a different perspective not found on the current Board of Supervisors. I’m a woman, a disabled Veteran, and a retired Registered Nurse. My goal is to cultivate the health, wealth and prosperity of all of our citizens.

    I am wildly passionate and dedicated to caring for and serving others. I have done this my entire life … as a nurse and a mother … with softness, compassion, and empathy. But know this, I have a spine of steel … I am tenacious and a warrior when it comes to fighting for what’s right and for the needs of those under served among us. To improve the general health and welfare of everyone in Muscatine County we need strong public and mental health, good infrastructure, access for women to adequate healthcare, opportunities for economic growth, and an equitable place for everyone to live, with clean land and water.

    What are the three most important issues facing your office over the next term?

    IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
    Working to improve the general health and welfare of everyone in Muscatine County is the number one responsibility for the County Board of Supervisors.Strong public and mental health, good infrastructure, with clean land and water makes the County an equitable place for everyone to live.I will work to adequately fund our Public Health Department to fight COVID; seek better women’s healthcare services in the County; hold the Board and Departments accountable to care for our rural roads and infrastructure; work to strengthen mental health services for County residents; and seek economic growth opportunities.

    What are the three most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

    IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue? (if applicable)
    Money: clearly this is the greatest challenge facing Muscatine County in next few years.The County needs money to support all county services like Public Health, Road Maintenance, and Public Safety. Given the state of the economy and what the COVID Pandemic has caused, we will need to explore new ways to find the funding needed.I know what it takes to build relationships and coalitions at all levels to get things done. We must work with the State Legislature and Regional Authorities to find ways to get the most we can for Muscatine County with the limited resources we can expect.

    What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

    I am the State Chair of the Veterans Caucus of the Iowa Democratic Party which, along with veterans from across the state, allows me even greater opportunity to advocate at the Statehouse for employment, health, and welfare needs of Iowa veterans. When we support veterans, we support all Iowans including citizens of Muscatine County.

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