In a news release issued this weekend (July 18) by an Independent write-in candidate for the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors, false and misleading statements were published about Michelle “Shelly” Servadio Elias. Servadio Elias is the Democratic Primary Election winner and candidate for District 4 of the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors.
“Honestly, it feels like this write-in candidate and her supporters are just playing games with the voters. If she truly wanted to run for this office, she would have met the filing deadline to be on the primary ballot. I entered this race after much consideration and input from a great many Muscatine County Voters. I won the Democratic Primary Election with 57% of the vote,” said Servadio Elias.
“Because the write-in candidate’s announcement specifically questioned my record and integrity, I believe the voters need to have me set the record straight,” stated Servadio Elias.
For The Record – POLICE
For the record, Candidate Servadio Elias advocates for greater resources for the Sheriff’s Department in the way of body cameras for officers and de-escalation training where officers learn communication techniques to defuse potentially dangerous situations. Never has she stated or supported those who have said to ‘defund the police’.
In fact, the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Department has a sound policy in place for defining excessive force. To support that policy, Servadio Elias asked the Muscatine County Board of Supervisors to request the Muscatine County Sheriff’s Office add a policy to stop and report excessive force. (June 8, 2020 Board Minutes https://www.co.muscatine.ia.us/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Minutes/_06082020-1146)
For The Record – CANNABIS
Servadio Elias supports the decriminalization of cannabis so that law enforcement can focus efforts on more harmful drug crimes like methamphetamine, cocaine, fentanyl and gun crimes.
Iowa has two recently created laws on the books for which Shelly Servadio Elias was a principle driver to get these laws passed.
- Iowa’s Medical Cannabidiol Act was implemented in 2019, with expanded medical conditions enacted in July 2020. This law allows for Iowa patients (and their caregivers) with qualifying medical conditions to obtain a Medical Cannabidiol registration card and acquire, possess and use cannabis products for medical treatment.
- The Iowa Hemp Act was signed into law by Governor Kim Reynolds on May 13, 2019. Now, farmers can apply for a license to grow hemp in Iowa. Growers can now pursue viable, profitable markets for industrial hemp production creating economic growth opportunities for the entire state. Shelly was with the Governor as she signed the law.
- Shelly is the founder of the Iowa Hemp Industries Association and was an original co-founder of the Iowa Hemp Association. Through her associations, she has been a determined advocate for both medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp opportunities for all Iowans.
- In 2015, Shelly became Iowa’s first and only Certified Cannabis Nurse having completed extensive training and education on the Endocannabinoid System and the health science attributed to it.
- Shelly is an Iowa Medical Cannabidiol Patient. She is a disable veteran with PTSD MST, has chronic pain from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, POTS and fibromyalgia.
For The Record – ELECTABILITY
For the June 2 Primary Election, Servadio Elias rallied what her opponent called ‘wild-card’ voters … those who typically don’t vote in primary elections. Shelly’s ‘Wild-Card Voters’ represent women, men, young people, people of color, and veterans.
- Shelly won the Democratic Primary Election for Muscatine County Supervisor District 4 with 57% of all votes cast.
- She won 21 out of 23 precincts in the entire County,
- There was only a 16-vote margin in those two precincts she didn’t carry.
Additionally, Servadio Elias is the State Chair for the Iowa Democratic Veterans Caucus (IDVC), the first woman ever to hold the office. She holds a voting seat on the State Central Committee which is the governing body for the Iowa Democratic Party.