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Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | APRIL 10, 2014 5:00 AM

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Vote for Lyness

I’m writing to encourage voters to cast their ballots on June 3 for Janet Lyness for county attorney.
I have known Janet for a long time, and I want to say loudly and clearly: She is doing an exceptional job, she deserves to be re-elected, and we need to keep her in office. 

For nearly a quarter-century, Janet has been devoted to this community. She went to school here, earning an undergraduate degree and a law degree from the University of Iowa; she is raising her family here; and she is involved in numerous community organizations that help people and support our neighborhoods.

Lyness cares deeply about the criminal-justice issues facing our community.

Janet Lyness has been a voice for victims of crime, including those facing the trauma of sexual assault and domestic violence. Janet Lyness has followed through on her campaign promises to create diversion programs that keep people out of the jail. Janet Lyness has the experience, the know-how, and the humanity. Please help me re-elect County Attorney Janet Lyness by voting in the primary election on June 3 and a reminder that early satellite voting is available beginning April 24 for the June 3 primary.

Cathy Eisenhofer
Iowa City

The upcoming primary election for Johnson County is important because voters have the choice to move forward or take a step back. Janet Lyness has moved the County Attorney’s Office ahead, and we need to keep moving forward.

I support Janet because she is an experienced attorney who takes seriously the Office of County Attorney and her oath to uphold the law. She knows how to manage a department, how to operate within a budget; she knows the important the role a prosecutor plays in the criminal-justice system. Furthermore, the County Attorney’s Office does more than prosecute crimes; the county attorney represents the county in civil actions as well. Janet understands a judge’s role in setting bond; she understands the difference between a county jail and a state prison.

Janet has demonstrated that she is a strong advocate for victims, and she has successfully implemented alternatives to incarceration because she understands that incarceration is not always the best path for a defendant. She understands the duty to protect those seeking help from the justice system.

Please join me on June 3 and vote for Janet Lyness.

Brad Kunkel


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