Stacey Walker to become first African American to lead Linn County government

Linn County’s First African American Supervisor Takes Oath for Full Term

Stacey Walker will soon lead the government of the second largest county in Iowa


Cedar Rapids, IA – On January 2, nearly all county elected officials will take the oath of office and Supervisor-elect Stacey Walker will become the first African American to serve as chairperson of Linn County’s Board of Supervisors. Walker plans to offer remarks to guests after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public.


“This is certainly a big moment,” says Stacey Walker. “It really highlights how far we’ve come as a community. I’m proud to have earned the trust of voters and my colleagues. I look forward to another year of meaningful progress.”


Walker comes to office with four electoral victories under his belt having been opposed in every electoral contest since 2016. This past general election cycle, Walker defeated Jim Houser twice; once in the primary and again in the general election after Houser switched his party affiliation from Democrat to No Party.


Walker has campaigned on what he calls a prosperity agenda, a platform that focuses on social uplift and working class individuals. Since coming to office, he has served as a catalyst for justice reform efforts and a set of social policy goals collectively referred to as Safe, Equitable, and Thriving Communities.


In just over two years in office, Walker has racked up several policy wins including committing the county to the Paris Climate Agreement, publishing a comprehensive report with recommendations on preventing youth gun violence and poverty, hosting the largest expungement clinic in the state, and extending collective bargaining rights for union workers. He has been recognized by the Des Moines Register as one of 50 of Iowa’s Most Wanted Democrats, and was voted best elected official in Little Village Magazine’s inaugural Best of the Crandic edition.


What: Swearing-In Ceremony

When: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:15am

Where: Jean Oxley Public Services Building; 935 2nd Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

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