Pat Heiden Launches Campaign for Johnson County Supervisor

Pat Heiden Launches Campaign for Johnson County Supervisor

Pat Heiden, community activist, administrator and former executive director at Oaknoll Retirement Residence, will seek election to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2018.

Heiden first ran in 2016 and feels more strongly than ever that the local issues of human services, infrastructure and community development  require a fresh approach to problem solving that will move Johnson County in the direction that benefits all its citizens.

“National and State decisions are having a profound impact on the local people of Johnson County, and we need to engage with all of those voices to help our county thrive,” Heiden said.  “My experience with consensus building, with transparency and the good stewardship of a successful non-profit community makes me the ideal supervisor candidate.  Johnson County is a diverse mix of cultures and values.  I will listen to and work with everyone because we all deserve a voice in our government.”

Heiden was born and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa but has called Johnson County home for more than 40 years.  Her mother, Eileen, was one of the first women in Iowa to chair a county Board of Supervisors and ran against Republican Steve King for an Iowa Senate seat.  Heiden spent her 37 year professional career at Oaknoll, beginning as a part-time staffer and retiring as Executive Director.  During her tenure she served thousands of residents who called Oaknoll home and managed hundreds of staff who provided services and care.  She also oversaw five major expansions to the campus totaling $80 million.  She has chaired and served on various boards and committees dedicated to improving schools, housing, elder services, the community and many other causes in Johnson County.

“I understand first-hand the importance of cooperation, collaboration and compromise.”  Heiden said.  “Nothing is accomplished by yourself.  I believe in inclusiveness, being a good listener and being open to and respectful of new ideas and options.  We can solve a lot of problems in Johnson County if we include voices from all our communities and citizens.”