Johnson County sheriff’s deputy, farmer enters Senate 39 race

Kevin Kinney is the second Democrat to enter the race

James Q. Lynch
Published: January 6 2014 | 5:10 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 1:43 am in

A Johnson County sheriff’s deputy and farmer has joined the race for an open Iowa Senate seat in Johnson, Washington and Keokuk counties.

Kevin Kinney, 50, is the second Democrat to enter the race for the seat now held by Sen. Sandy Greiner, R-Keota. Richard Gilmore of Washington announced earlier.

A 27-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, Kinney cited his experience during the rural crisis of the 1980s and investigating crime as “stark reminders” that in economic downturns “families get hurt and people get desperate.”

“A supportive community can do wonders,” he said.

Elected officials need to work harder on creating those jobs, he said. He wants to boost education standards and establish a fair property tax system for homeowners, farmers and small businesses.

Kinney is a lieutenant in the sheriff’s Investigation Division. Kinney has received several awards, including the Crime Victims Service Award for his investigation into a human trafficking ring, which led to one of the first federal prosecutions of human trafficking in the United States in 2006.

Kinney is a Farm Bureau member, belongs to the Johnson County Cattlemen’s Association and Knights of Columbus. He’s in his third term on the Clear Creek Amana school board – his alma mater.

He raises cattle, corn and soybeans on his family’s Century Farm near Oxford. Kinney attended Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids.

He and his wife, Deb, who have been married for 28 years, have two adult children. They are members of St. Peters Catholic Church in Cosgrove.

Three Republicans are seeking the nomination in the district where voter registrations favor the GOP over Democrats 13,320 to 13,294 with 16,452 no party voters. The GOP candidates are Bob Anderson, former Johnson County Republican chairman, Michael Moore of Washington and former Tiffin mayor, Royce Phillips.

Kinney can be contacted at and (319) 631-4667.”


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