Another candidate has formally said she wants to be on the Des Moines City Council. Saturday afternoon in front of her home, Cyndi Chen announced her campaign to replace Michael Kiernan in his At-Large seat. Kiernan’s leaving as he has already assumed the position of Iowa Democratic Party Chairman.
Chen needs a better outcome than her husband had a few years ago. Dr. Frank Affannado lost in a four-way Democratic primary in House District 66 in Des Moines. Ako Abdul-Samad won. Affannado finished second.
Chen said it’s “party time” during her announcement. She announced today, D-Day, she said to celebrate victory. Her slogan is “Chen for change.” Chen is the administrator for the Commission of the Status of Iowans of Asian and Pacific Islander Hertigage of Department of Human Rights. There’s no way that fits on a business card. She said the all-white council needs some diversity.
Attorney David Adelman and businessowner Leisha Barcus are also running.