In a blog post earlier tonight, Mika Covington ended her bid for one of the Iowa Democratic Party Vice Chair positions citing a desire to focus on other areas of the party. “This doesn’t mean that I am going to end my work within the party,” Covington stated. “we must heal the wounds within our party from the 2016 primary; otherwise, we won’t be able to fight the Republicans in 2018.”
In her statement, Covington listed a number of concerns that she had with the party, from recognizing and accepting the different ideologies that make up the Democratic Party, the need to make sure “everyone had a seat at the table”, to the empowerment of the younger generation of new Democrats. She had also touched on forging better relationships with labor, and understanding the vital role that county-level party organizations and the constituency caucuses.
“I want to continue to fight for a better future, and the only way to do that is through a strong united Democratic Party,” Covington said in closing. “I don’t want just to talk about it; I want to do something about it.”
The remaining field of candidates for Vice Chair positions include State Central Committee members Jessica Fears and Jordan Pope, Vice Chair of the IDP’s Veterans Caucus Shelly Servadio, and Democratic Elector Jack Schuler.