Across the globe, concerns have been high about the spread of COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus. As of Thursday morning, Iowa health officials have reported 14 known cases of the virus right here in Iowa. On Monday, March 9th, Governor Kim Reynolds signed a disaster proclamation in response to the virus, and while there is still much to be learned about the virus, citizens across the state have justifiably been concerned of the impact it may have.
With the filing deadline rapidly approaching for Iowans interested in running Federal, State, and County office, the Libertarian Party of Iowa and the Iowa Green Party have both considered the potential risk for individuals that are petitioning for candidacy as well as citizens that may be approached to sign the nominating petition. While both parties want Iowans to have multiple options to choose from on the ballot in November, the health and safety of Iowans will always be paramount.
With these concerns in mind, the Libertarian Party of Iowa and the Iowa Green Party have decided to reach out to the offices of Secretary of State Paul Pate and Governor Kim Reynolds to propose a reprieve on the filing deadlines, until such point that we are much more confident that all candidates and Iowans can safely engage in the nominating petition process. We look forward to working with Secretary Pate, Governor Reynolds, and state officials to prioritize the health and safety of all Iowans.
Mike Conner Jr – Libertarian Party of Iowa Chair
Erin Young – Iowa Green Party Co-Chair