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Linn’s Langston has new national responsibilities; says she’d give up national gig if she runs and wins Cedar Rapids mayor’s post

In City Hall, Linda Langston, Linn County government on May 18, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Linn County Supervisor Linda Langston, a big-time local Democrat, is a big-time national Democrat, too.

Langston has been elected president of the National Democratic County Officials, a position that also gives her membership on the Democratic National Committee.

Only six other Iowans are on the DNC.

Both new positions prompted the question to Langston late Monday afternoon: Will the national positions force her to set aside any thought of running for Cedar Rapids mayor, an idea that she said a few weeks ago she had been asked to entertain?

Langston said the new national responsibilities wouldn’t prevent her from running for mayor. But she said she would give up the national posts if she were elected mayor.

No, she added, she hasn’t decided yet if she will run for mayor or not. She said she’s apt to decide in June.

She said she’d issue a press release when she decides. Asked if she wouldn’t hold a news conference to announce a mayoral run rather than issue a press release, she said, in fact, she would hold a news conference. She said the fact that she said “press release” and not news conference didn’t mean anything.

Langston said she has been vice president of the National Democratic County Officials, and now has been elected president to fill the slot left by previous president, who has taken a job as a deputy director of the Department of Housing & Urban Development.

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  1. Don’t quit your day job Linda. You don’t have a snowballs chance in h— of winning the mayors seat.

  2. Linda,just keep your job as County Supervisor.The city is screwed up enough so we don’t need you trying to come in and mess it up any more.Knowing you,you’ll probably either try to change boundries
    or changed party affiliation in order to run for Mayor,plus IF you won you’d probably push for a big raise in salary.

  3. Sounds pretty partisan to me. And don’t we have enough taxes without a younger partisan, tax and spend liberal as mayor than the status quo?

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