A quick Google search will turn up several instances of Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, claiming to support "local control." Unfortunately, his voting record tells a very different tale.
Take House File 2372 for example. This bill requires counties of more than 60,000 to create districts for county board elections as dictated by Republicans in the Iowa Legislature. Currently, voters in each county decide what type of representation they want. This bill is the exact opposite of local control.
Unfortunately, the hypocrisy doesn't end there. Kaufmann voted for a bill that strips the rights of voters in Linn, Scott, and Johnson counties. Conveniently, the same bill takes no rights from voters in Cedar County. Why the difference? You can start by looking to Bobby's father Jeff, chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, who serves on the Cedar County Board of Supervisors.
To recap, Kaufmann voted to have the state Legislature decide things for voters in Linn, Scott, and Johnson counties. But Cedar County voters get local control. Does this make any sense? Only if your last name is Kaufmann.
I hope voters in Eastern Iowa will hold Rep. Kaufmann accountable for this egregious display of hypocrisy.
Editor's note: Sullivan serves on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors