Chris Schwartz

Democratic Candidate
Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors

I've been fighting for social, environmental, racial, and economic justice for over 25 years. My calling into the greater progressive movement started at the age of 11 when I was inspired by my 6th grade teacher to speak out and say no to the burning of crosses and the Ku Klux Klan. Since that moment I have felt a flame of social justice burning from inside, pushing me to do what I can to make this world a better, safer, and more just place.

I did not get into politics because I think it is fun, like reading polls or watching the horse race. I got into politics because I had no other choice. Sitting on the sidelines while powerful interest have all but eliminated the middle class, while they destroy our environment, while they lock-up our people has never been an option for me.

If elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors I will put the interest of the people first. Human rights, civil rights, worker's rights, and environmental protection are the values that will serve as my compass for every vote I take as a member of the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors.

We need to build a local movement here in Black Hawk County to raise the minimum wage, reform our criminal justice system, protect worker's rights, improve public health, and protect our environment. With a lot of hard work and a little bit of imagination we can build that movement.

- Chris Schwartz

Public Health

Mental Health Services

We as a county must ensure we are doing everything we can to provide the best possible services to folks with mental health issues in our community. This includes making mental health a priority in the county budget, and advocating for better resources from our state's legislature.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Schwartz would like to work with the county health department to expand STD testing and reduce the current high rate of STD infections in Black Hawk County. This will include teaming up with community health partners to provide mobile screening clinics that target at risk populations in our county.

Community Gardens

Community gardens are a great way of getting fresh healthy vegetables into the hands of more people. Schwartz has been running community gardens in Black Hawk County for over 7 years now. From his hands on experience he knows that a small amount of support from local governments can go a long way to help community garden project thrive.

Protect our Environment and Natural Resources

Chris will make sound decisions that protect our environment and natural resources.

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Civil Rights and Criminal Justice Reform

Drug Court

Drug courts are a cost effective way to get those who struggle with drug addiction onto the right path and out of jail. Black Hawk County was forced to close our drug court when federal funding ran out. In the following years communities like Dubuque/Delaware County have managed to get enough state funds to keep their drug court running. Schwartz will fight to see the same state resources allocated to Black Hawk County.

Marijuana Decriminalization

Counties, Cities, and States across the United States have made the move to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. This frees-up law enforcement's ability to focus on more serious violent crimes by allowing for a simple citation/fine rather than a court date and possible jail time. Too many lives have been turned upside and families torn apart because of adults facing jail time over possession of small amounts of marijuana.

Disproportionate African American Incarceration

Iowa is consistently ranked in the top 3 states for the disproportionate rates of African Americans currently incarcerated. Black Hawk County is helping to fuel this shameful statistic and must fully commit to reducing these rates.

Support for Refugee Community

Black Hawk County is lucky to be home to a number of diverse refugee populations. We must ensure that our community remains welcoming and seizes this opportunity to add to our economic base. We must help refugee support organizations in our community connect to the resource they need to fulfill their mission.

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Economic Development

Raising the Minimum Wage

Schwartz strongly believes that the current minimum wage of $7.25 is far too low. Schwartz supports immediately raising Black Hawk County's minimum wage to $10.00 an hour and then adding annual increases of $1.00 a year over the course of five years until we reach a new minimum wage of $15 an hour by 2022. It would then be tied to the Midwest Consumer price Index to allow for annual increases that reflect raises in the cost of living.

Better Jobs

When deciding whether or not to award a company property tax abatement or tax incentives we must prioritize those that will bring livable wage jobs to our community.

Local Union Contracts

Whenever a construction project is funded by Black Hawk County we must ensure that we get the largest economic impact possible from the tax dollars being spent. At the end of the day Black Hawk County is better off economically if we invest in quality construction done by people who live and spend in our community. We must do everything we can to keep our tax dollars local.

Increase our Population and Tax Base

Grow the population and tax base of Black Hawk County through strategic investments and policies designed to recruit new businesses and keep our young people in the community.

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Good Government

21st Century Communication

We must better connect our community with issues before the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors. This includes using social media as a platform to communicate with the general public. This is both low in cost, and highly accessible.

Town Hall Meetings

If elected Schwartz will hold 6 town hall meetings annually in every corner of Black Hawk County. These meetings will be open to the public and scheduled at varying times to allow for maximum participation. They will provide an opportunity for you to learn about what is happening in our county government and for you to share your thoughts and concerns.

Open Door

If elected to the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors Schwartz will keep an open door policy. No matter what your background or your political ideology is Schwartz guarantees that if you want to meet with him or share your concerns his door will be open.

Respect for Collective Bargaining

Schwartz has great respect for the hard working employees of Black Hawk County. As a member of the Black Hawk County Board of Supervisors Schwartz will have great respect for the collective bargaining process when negotiating labor contracts.

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Serving the Needs of our Community

Serve our Veterans

We must ensure Veterans get the best and most timely services their commitment to our community has earned. We must also work to eliminate homelessness among Veterans in Black Hawk County.

Invest in our Children

We must make strategic partnerships and investments in programs for our community's children to help keep them stay out of trouble and grow into the young responsible citizens Black Hawk County needs.

Activate the Community

Schwartz will promote the value of volunteerism in Black Hawk County.

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