Deidre DeJear, the Democratic candidate for governor of Iowa, recently received an endorsement from a local organization that has consistently called for defunding the Des Moines Police Department.
Earlier in the month, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (CCI) “proudly” endorsed DeJear. However, CCI has not been silent about its ultimate goal of defunding the police. On the organization’s website, they openly admit that they are pushing for a world where “we have cut defunding the police”.
During the 2020 summer riots, CCI stood in solidarity with the Des Moines Black Lives Matter Chapter’s call to “imagine a world without police”. The group also hosted webinars on police funding, as they did in 2020.
Despite CCI’s outspoken calls for defunding the police, DeJear has been closely associated with this radical group for months. For example, DeJear joined a CCI bus tour hosted back in June.
Hello from Poweshiek Co. where CCI Action members take AI gubernatorial candidate @DeidreDeJear on a bus tour to share the impacts of industrial farms and proposed C02 pipelines on our air, water, democracy and quality of life. pic.twitter.com/Infk0x8Ga5
– Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement Action (@CCIAction) July 30, 2022
CCI’s calls for defunding the police likely align with his personal political interests, as DeJear once refused to run during Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ (R) state address, where Reynolds honored members of law enforcement who put their lives on the line.
— Iowa Field Report.com (@IAFieldReport) January 12, 2022
CCI said her endorsement of DeJear came after she “spent time listening and learning from CCI Action members.” Cherie Mortice, Chair of the CCI Action Board, said: “Deidre understands, as we do, that change only comes from the bottom up.
“CCI Action believes that elections are a tool to advance our campaigns on key issues,” the endorsement continued. “We support candidates who, like us, believe that change comes from below and are willing to work *with* us on our bold solutions.”
DeJear hopes to overthrow incumbent Governor Reynolds in the November election. However, DeJear’s chances are slim, as Iowa hasn’t elected a Democratic governor in 15 years.
DeJear and Reynolds will participate in a debate on Oct. 17 ahead of the election.
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