I’m running because local public service matters. What is happening in Des Moines only underscores the importance of a bold local government.
Dear Yard Sign Folks: Thanks SO much for representing!!
You can (1) put it away until next time; (2) PM me and we will come pick it up; or (3) recycle it.
Billie and Orville Townsend
Mike and Chris Weinard
Sue and Bob Dvorsky
Ruthina and Malone Malone
Becky and Tim Kresowik
Dr Richard Dobyns
Connie and David Bermann
Unions – Iowa City Federation of Trade Unions
Building Trades (including carpenters local)
Teamsters Local 238
Doris and Bill Preucil
Alan and Liz Swanson
Dick and Joyce Summerwill
Synagogue – Jeff Portman
Connie and David Bermann
Peter Hansen and Katy Hansen
Mira Bohannan Kumar
Janice was born in Iowa City, grew up in Coralville,
and is a graduate of West High School. She spent her senior
year as an AFS exchange student in Belgium, which opened
her mind to the world. She credits her ICCSD public school
education with her admission to Princeton University, and
later Stanford Law School. After practicing law in the
San Francisco Bay area, Janice joined the U.S. State
Department in 1987. Her first posting was in East Berlin,
both before and after the Berlin Wall fell, an experience that
combined totalitarianism with a grassroots, peaceful
revolution - dual lessons Janice never forgot. She served in
Brussels, Belgium, and Ankara, Turkey, where she won
awards as Embassy human rights officer during the height
of the PKK insurgency, forging relationships with many who risked their lives to defend human rights.
Subsequent posts included Washington; Warsaw, Poland; Toronto, Canada; Ankara, Turkey as political counselor; Mexico City as embassy press attaché; and Düsseldorf, Germany as Consul General. Her final posting was in the bureau of legislative affairs at the State Department, liaising with Capitol Hill. After retiring from the Foreign Service, Janice worked for the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA), the bargaining unit and professional association of the Foreign Service. She moved back to Iowa in 2015 with her younger daughter, who graduated from West High om 2018. Her young granddaughter, Alaska, lives with her as well.
Janice likes to run; enjoys theater – she grew up doing community theater here with her parents – loves music, the outdoors, and her dogs. She has two daughters and a granddaughter. She serves on the boards of Shelter House, UNA/USA, and Agudas Achim Synagogue; and is a member of the program committee of the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council. She works at all levels of the Democratic Party. She enjoys playing with the Community Band, singing with the Hospice Singers, and helping out at Free Lunch when the Dems take their turn.
Janice has always had a passion for politics. In the Foreign Service, she forged relationships across the political spectrum, with all walks of life and all socio-economic levels. She learned to listen and hear the subtleties. In 1984, Janice ran Get Out the Vote for the Iowa Democrats in Johnson County (when Harkin was first elected to the US Senate). In fall 2016, she dusted off her grassroots political skills and worked for three intensive months as a field organizer. The results of the 2016 elections only deepened her determination to ensure that good, progressive candidates who care about all the people get into office. Her credo is that, as a country, we are ultimately measured by how well we treat those at the bottom of society’s rungs.