Voting information : Where, When, and How

The election is just 12 days away. I’m working hard putting up yard signs, knocking on doors and attending events. i wanted to put this post together so you all can have the info you need to get to the polls on September 8th.

Here’s a link to the Johnson County Auditor’s website with info on where your polling place is.

BIG NOTE: Your polling place for the schools election is likely different from your general election polling place. Please check out the site to be sure you know where.

Here’s the auditor’s web page with all the other info you might need to know about the school district election, including early voting deadlines (Sept. 4 at the auditors office) and how to get registered to vote.

If you have any questions about any of this, don’t hesitate to contact the folks at the auditors office. They’re good folks and very helpful.

Thanks for being active in your community.

Iowa City Federation of Labor Endorses Jason T. Lewis for School Board

Jason T. Lewis, candidate for ICCSD Board Directors, has received the endorsement of the Iowa City Federation of Labor for the 2015 election cycle. Jesse Case, president of the Iowa City Federation of Labor, said Wednesday, “Jason will be a great addition to the school board. He brings a voice for working families to the board table and will be a champion for accountability and transparency in the district.”

Lewis had this to say about the news of his endorsement: “I’m honored to have the endorsement of the ICFL. Working families deserve representation at all levels of government and I look forward to being an advocate for labor on the school board. Every worker in our schools—teachers, custodial staff, secretaries and everyone in between—cares for our children and their education. Those workers deserve our thanks and our support.”

Lewis is a parent of a 6th grader at Mark Twain Elementary and a 8th grader at Southeast Jr. High. He has served as the PTO president of Mark Twain Elementary, and has served on several ICCSD committees, including a recent task force that explored the best practices for launching magnet schools in the district. He is the Director of the Writing and Humanities Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. In addition, Jason and his wife, Theresa, are licensed foster parents and are advocates for youth throughout the community.

JTL Door Knocking and Event Schedule for 7/9-7/18/15

7/14-15/15
Mann and Lincoln areas
7/15-16/15
Bourlag and Coralville Central areas  
7/17-18/15
Kirkwood and Van Allen areas
7/18 & 20/15
Shimek and Lemme areas
7/20-21/15
Hoover area

More dates to come in late-July/August. Please visit jasontlewisforiccsd.com for up-to-date info.

If you’d like me to stop by your home, call 319.594.9304 or email contact@jasontlewisforiccsd.com.

Enough is enough. Stop playing politics with our children’s future.

Our children are worth more, not less. They are worth every penny the Governor is trying to take from them as well as a chunk of the near-$400 million Des Moines has socked away while telling us there’s no money.

Iowa once ranked number one in per-student funding. Now? 35th. It’s time for a vocal, educated, high-profile community like ours to make its voice heard on this issue and many others that have sold out our children’s chance at the best possible education we can provide. Tell Brandstad, “No more!” Sign this petition and join me throughout the campaign season and onward into the next four years.

One of my goals as a board member is to be part of a growing chorus of caring people from our area and around the state who will no longer stand for watching our children suffer while the Governor plays politics with their future. Will you join me?

Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/members-of-the-iowa-legislature-call-for-a-special-session-to-restore-school-funding?recruiter=70893465&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Coffee with the Candidate: Saturday Mornings Throughout Campaign Season

As many Saturdays as I can between now and election day I’m going to have coffee at a different coffee shop in areas throughout the school district. Please feel free to stop by and have a drink, ask a few questions and get to know me a little. I don’t bite, I promise.

Here’s the rough schedule for the next few weeks

  • Saturday, June 27: 1st Ave. Java House from 8:00am until about 9:15am.
  • Saturday, July 11: Mormon Trek Java House, 8:00am until about 9:30am.
  • Saturday, July 18: Press Coffee Co. (2201 E Grantview Dr, Coralville, IA), 8:00am until about 9:30am.
  • Saturday, July 25: High Ground Cafe (301 E Market St, Iowa City), 8:00am until about 9:30am.

Please drop me a line if you plan on stopping by so I know to expect you. I’ll post August dates as the come closer.

What’s on your mind?

I’m curious, folks. I want to be sure I’m listening and learning as I go through the campaign, so I want to give you the opportunity to let me know what concerns you have about the school district? What questions do you have about me or my candidacy? Please use the form below to connect with me. I want to know what you’re thinking so I can be the best representative possible.

I’ll answer these questions as soon as I can and will feature some of them in future blog post.

Jason T. Lewis for ICCSD Announcement Video

This video is the first in a series of videos I’ll create throughout my campaign to explore issues and questions as they come up. I hope you’ll send me questions and comments about the videos themselves or issues you’d like me to consider. I’ll do my best to cover as many as possible.

Family, our community, and the future. Let’s improve our schools together.

Thank you. Jason