Post Cards and Pale Ale Party!
Jan
27
5:00 pm17:00

Post Cards and Pale Ale Party!

Take the energy from the #WomensMarch and turn it into effective action! We'll have postcards, (some) stamps, pens, addresses, issues, everything you need to make your voice heard in Washington and in Des Moines! Please do feel free to bring cards and stamps to contribute as well! Grab a brew (or a kombucha!) and rattle off a few words of wisdom to your reps and sens. Government runs on squeaky wheels, so let's let'em know you are watching!

Swearing-In Ceremony
Jan
3
8:30 am08:30

Swearing-In Ceremony

Please join Kurt and his family as the adventure begins!  Come to the Johnson County Administration Building, 913 S. Dubuque St, and join us in the 2nd-floor board room.  It's a very brief ceremony and then the Board will simply begin its regular business, but it would mean a lot to me if all of you who did so much to make this possible were to be there to see it happen.

VICTORY PARTY
Nov
8
Nov 9

VICTORY PARTY

  • 1ST Avenue Club

ALL ARE WELCOME to join Johnson County Democrats as we celebrate Democratic victories from the local level all the way to the White House!

There will be food, and a cash bar, and the presence of pretty much every Democrat in JoCo.  This is the Party's way to say THANK YOU for all your hard work and support.

Just remember:  On Nov. 9th, that's when the hard work starts.

~kmf

Friese Garners Unanimous Endorsement of Iowa City Federation of Labor AFL-CIO
Aug
31
11:00 am11:00

Friese Garners Unanimous Endorsement of Iowa City Federation of Labor AFL-CIO

Just in time for Labor Day, the local branch of the AFL-CIO has unanimously endorsed Kurt Friese for Johnson County Supervisor, adding him to the two Democratic incumbents also running for the 3 seats in the general election.  

Labor issues are particularly important for Kurt, a one-time union member with IATSE before his career took a different turn.  But despite the white jackets, cooking in professional kitchens is a decidedly blue-collar occupation, and Kurt worked his way from dishwasher to cook to chef to teacher to restaurateur across nearly 4 decades in foodservice.

His support of the minimum wage hike was key to the endorsement, as was his advocacy for improved transportations systems, inclusive zoning, and in-fill development that leads to more union jobs.

Kurt Friese is looking forward to working with organized labor as a member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors to improve the work environment, promote safety, ensure a fair wage, and raise the standard of living for all residents of Johnson County.

Independence Day Parade!
Jul
4
9:00 am09:00

Independence Day Parade!

Join Kurt and the Johnson County Democrats in the Coralville 4th Fest Parade! 

Lineup begins at 9AM in the GEICO/McGregor’s Parking Lot, 2213 2nd Street. The parade starts promptly at 10:00 am.  We'll have flags to hand out to the kids, and volunteers who march for Kurt get a free "Friese for Supervisor" t-shirt!

JCDems Unity Picnic
Jun
10
6:30 pm18:30

JCDems Unity Picnic

  • Mercer Park

Following the June 7th primary, Democrats come together in a demonstration of unity for the fall campaign.  The stakes are high at each level of government.  Supervisor nominees are unopposed, but that could change, and we desperately need to hold the Iowa Senate and take back the Iowa House.  Meanwhile, Senator Grassley has never been so vulnerable, and perhaps most importantly, we MUST keep Donald Trump out of the White House. Come show your support for the Democratic ticket!

RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/1072365179486549/

So a Cyclist Walks into a Biker Bar
May
26
7:00 pm19:00

So a Cyclist Walks into a Biker Bar

Tiffin, Iowa - This Thursday, May 26th,Throttle Down will be hosting a special event to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. From 7 to 9 p.m., Johnson County Board of Supervisors Democratic candidate Kurt Friese will hold a meet-and-greet, and Aren Van Houzen, of Tiffin-based Van Houzen Brewing Company, will offer his line-up of beers for tasting. In addition, Throttle Down will have their weekly Thirsty Thursday drink specials from 6 p.m. to midnight. Sand volleyball games will also take place during the evening.

Friese plans to talk with area residents who want to learn more about his campaign, in addition to discussing their concerns about the county’s future. Early voting in the election has begun, with the primary being held on June 7.

Van Houzen BrewingCompany will provide tastes of the current beer line-up, including a Belgiantripel and a double chocolate stout. Van Houzen will be giving away a keg of beer, in addition to other items.

Throttle Down will begiving prizes to event attendees, including a pizza party for 10. Throttle Down is a restaurant/nightclub that opened at 607 E. Marengo Road, also known asHighway 6, in 2011.

An Evening with Greg Brown
Apr
12
5:00 pm17:00

An Evening with Greg Brown

  • The Mill

Fundraiser for the Friese for Supervisor Campaign

Requested donation $20 at the door

Doors open @5 :: show starts @6

The Mill :: 120 E Burlington Street :: Iowa City

Friese Files Official Nomination Papers for Supervisor Race
Mar
9
10:00 am10:00

Friese Files Official Nomination Papers for Supervisor Race

Kurt Friese, the owner of Devotay Restaurant & Bar and publisher of the local food magazine Edible Iowa, has submitted his nomination papers and will be a candidate for Johnson County Supervisor in the Democratic Party Primary election June 7.  100 signatures were required to be on the ballot, Friese submitted 392.

Friese, a life-long Democrat, promotes the preservation of farmland in the North Corridor from residential development and removal of barriers to local food production. He also advocates for increased civility in county government, which he says will bring better cooperation with cities and schools to accomplish needed progress.  

Friese has a long record of business and managerial skills from 20 years at Devotay, helping Shelter House to create its foodservice apprenticeship program for clients, and as Director of Local Food and Advocacy at NewBo City Market in Cedar Rapids.  "I know what it takes to meet a payroll, and I know how it feels not to," he said.

Read the whole story at The Kalona News

Campaign Kick-off Event
Dec
1
5:00 pm17:00

Campaign Kick-off Event

  • Devotay

Join Kurt for the formal announcement at his downtown restaurant!  This is the formal campaign kickoff - a six-month journey to the Democratic nomination on June 7th and then on to the general election five months later.

Please come and show your support for sustainable growth and resilience by supporting Kurt Friese for Supervisor.  Bring a friend!