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.