IA-01: Democrat Monica Vernon is in

Cedar Rapids City Council member Monica Vernon launched her campaign for Congress in Iowa’s first district today. Her website currently contains only a donation button and a brief statement, which I’ve posted after the jump. Vernon was first elected to the city council as a Republican in 2007, changed her party affiliation in 2009, and was easily re-elected in 2011.

Vernon just joined twitter and is on Facebook here. As of 2 pm on June 4, Vernon’s page had 73 “likes.” The Facebook page for the Swati Dandekar exploratory committee was launched on May 9 and has six “likes” at this writing. UPDATE: As of 9 am on June 5, Vernon for Congress has 480 Facebok “likes.”

Many Democrats are eager to nominate a woman in IA-01, so that we can end our state’s embarrassing connection to Mississippi.

The latest voter registration numbers for the 20 counties in this Congressional district are after the jump as well. IA-01 leans Democratic, and Linn County is the largest by population.

Statement posted on front page of Monica Vernon for Congress.

Our First District needs someone representing us who can make a difference both in the daily lives of Iowans and in the gridlock that we all see in Washington. I’m a problem-solver who will forge relationships and push for progress. I am honored to be running for United States Congress.

The last thirty years of my life were devoted to raising a family, growing a business and working hard to make my community a better place. As a Cedar Rapids city councilwoman, I have tackled extremely difficult issues as we recovered and rebuilt our community after the flood.  Since the devastating storm of 2008, I have continued to work with other local, regional and national leaders on forward thinking, short and long term strategies to spur economic development, improve neighborhood safety and more. Now, I’d like to take my energy and passion to Washington to go to work for the people of the First District.

The voter registration totals come from the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Active voter registration numbers as of June 2013


County Democrats Republicans no-party voters
Allamakee 2,199 4,263 3,101
Benton 4,614 4,959 7,413
Black Hawk 29,034 20,573 31,802
Bremer 3,788 5,017 7,334
Buchanan 3,835 3,117 6,382
Clayton 3,398 3,240 4,750
Delaware 2,573 3,831 4,926
Dubuque 24,887 14,781 22,627
Fayette 3,717 4,077 4,134
Howard 1,870 1,441 2,486
Iowa 2,770 3,655 4,772
Jackson 5,649 2,613 5,408
Jones 3,483 3,619 5,834
Linn 49,632 37,956 52,374
Marshall 7,375 7,462 8,973
Mitchell 1,786 2,495 2,665
Poweshiek 3,690 3,635 5,023
Tama 3,348 3,390 4,493
Winnishiek 3,543 4,453 5,118
Worth 1,516 1,749 1,957
total 162,707 136,326 191,572

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