Community Leaders React to Loss of Jonathan Narcisse

DES MOINES, Iowa --  Well-known local politician and advocate Jonathan Narcisse has passed away.

Narcisse is a former Des Moines School Board member who also made a run for governor in 2014.  He's listed as the editor of the weekly newspaper The Communicator and hosted an online spot called Good News Iowa.

State Representative Ako Abdul-Samad writes on Facebook, "The news of the passing of Jonathan Narcisse has left a void in my heart as well as a large void in Iowa. Prayers and thoughts to his family." In an interview, Abdul-Samad described Narcisse as passionate, outspoken, and respectable.

West Des Moines City Councilwoman Renee Hardman posted a picture she took with Narcisse from December. She wrote, "Jonathan was a person who was not afraid to speak his truth. He fought for injustice and inequality. While, one may not have agreed with some of his thoughts and commentary - he was never afraid to speak his mind. He provided me with some wise counsel during my first political campaign and I will be forever grateful. May you Rest In Peace Mr. Jonathan Narcisse. I know you will shake things up in heaven."

Narcisse was 54 years old. There is no word yet on his cause of death.