LABORERS' INTERNATIONAL UNION OF NORTH AMERICA
With his commitment to revitalizing Des Moines, Laborers International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 177 is proud to announce its support for Carl Voss for the at-large seat on the Des Moines City Council.
A fifth generation Iowan, Voss works as a journalist, has lived in Des Moines since 1971. A father and a grandfather, he is very involved in community efforts.
"Carl Voss understands unions and working-class issues in our community and is exactly what we need on the Council," said Local 177 business manager Mike Weckman. "Des Moines has great potential and that potential is in our neighborhoods and our people. We need to rebuild our community's infrastructure, continue to invest in our neighborhoods, ensure clean water and sanitary conditions and continue to stand with our members who live, work and vote in Des Moines. Carl is deeply concerned about those issues and will continue to champion them at the Des Moines City Council."
LiUNA Local 177 was organized in Des Moines over a century ago. The local's 1,700 members include both private and public sector workers. Construction Laborers 177 work on building, highway, pipeline, energy and environmental projects throughout the local's multi-county jurisdiction. The union also represents public employees at the Des Moines Public Works, Metro Water Authority, Des Moines International Airport Authority, Waste Water Reclamation Authority and the Des Moines Public Schools Maintenance Unit.
The local bargains contracts for these workers, seeking to ensure a family living wage with health, pension and other benefits. Local 177 provides job training and apprenticeship opportunities to the community.
For more information contact LiUNA Local 177's Business Manager Mike Weckman.
Left to right:
Scott Miles, President | Carl Voss | Mike Weckman, business manager | Tom Haye, secretary-treasurer, field representative and organizer.
NORTH CENTRAL STATES REGIONAL COUNCIL OF CARPENTERS
The National Central States Regional Council of Carpenters and Local 106 has pledged its support for Carl Voss for the At-Large seat on the Des Moines City Council.
*About the NCSRCC
The North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters represents nearly 27,000 union members and their families from 46 local unions in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
We are chartered by the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners — one of North America’s first unions, and still one of its most vibrant. The UBC represents more than half of a million Carpenters, Floor Coverers, Lathers, Millwrights, Pile Drivers and Industrial workers in the United States and Canada.
As a union, we are dedicated to protecting and elevating the economic and social condition of all workers. We partner with contractors to provide our industry with the best trained, most productive and safest workforce available. The superior productivity and skills that our members bring to the job reward us with pay and benefits that allow us to provide a better life for ourselves, our families and our communities now and in the future.
IOWA FEDERATION OF LABOR AFL-CIO
The following candidates were endorsed and co-endorsed for the upcoming Des Moines City Council runoff elections on December 3rd, 2019 by the Delegates of the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, ALF-CIO at their monthly meeting on the 13th of November 2019.
In the Des Moines City Council race for the At-Large office, the Federation has endorsed Carl Voss.
POLK COUNTY SUPERVISOR
“I’ve known Carl for many years as a passionate progressive who listens, works hard and gets things done. He will be a a great addition to the Des Moines City Council and I enthusiastically endorse his candidacy.”
FRED AND CHARLOTTE HUBBELL
FORMER DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE FOR 2018 GUBERNATORIAL RACE
We have known Carl for quite a while. He has a record of service to our community and has worked hard to improve the quality of life for all Des Moines residents. He has the experience and caring attitude to make a wonderful City Council member.
I am voting for Carl Voss for the Des Moines City Council. Carl is a long-time friend. He has a heart for public service and is a champion for causes that lift people up. He’ll bring experience, passion and energy to the Des Moines City Council, standing up for issues that matter to our everyday lives.
SENATE DEMOCRATIC LEADER
POLK COUNTY SUPERVISOR
Carl has a passion for implementing quality of life projects such as bike trails, the water trails and the skatepark. He has been a persistent and passionate advocate for enhancing our transportation and mobility options in our community. Carl was at ground zero in the transformation of the East Village that has helped bring housing back downtown.
DES MOINES CITY COUNCIL
Carl has always been passionate about making Des Moines a better place, He will continue to work to make Des Moines the City that people want to live, work and play as a member of the Des Moines City Council
CHAIR, DES MOINES SCHOOL BOARD
I first met Carl over a decade and a half ago through the local running community. He has been a great advocate for the nonprofit I founded in 2005, Iowa Kidstrong and our KidStriders program almost since day one. As a community-minded individual, Carl supports our public schools and understands they are microcosms of our community - that the opportunities and challenges realized in serving our children and our families are a shared privilege and responsibility. I am confident Carl will help ensure that the City Council and School Board communicate and collaborate in meaningful ways to help Des Moines remain a vibrant city in which to live, learn, work, and play.
REPRESENTATIVE MARTI ANDERSON
IOWA HOUSE DISTRICT 36
I enthusiastically support Carl Voss for City Council. He is a proven hard worker and a thoughtful problem-solver for the people of Des Moines. Carl has always shared his time and expertise generously on issues faced by our city. He has served on community-betterment projects, commissions, and even as interim City Council member when we need him. Carl’s passion for Des Moines will make our community a better place to live, raise a family, work, and enjoy life.
REPRESENTATIVE JO OLDSON
HOUSE DISTRICT 41
I enthusiastically endorse Carl Voss for the Des Moines City Council! Carl knows Des Moines from the streets up. He's been actively involved with our neighborhoods and knows and understands the issues with which we all deal. Carl brings a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, and creativity in solving these issues, and I know he will bring this same passion to the Council.
FORMER LT. GOVERNOR
I first met Carl when he and I served together on the Capital Planning Commission in the 1990s. That commission planned and executed a huge remodel and restoration of our State Capitol. I was impressed with Carl’s vision and work ethic throughout the project. In recent years I have watched him help lead the transformation of the East Village into a vibrant part of the city. He is simply “a guy that gets things done."
Carl is the clear choice for Des Moines City Council At-Large. He is an established and far-sighted leader as evidenced in his years of service to our community from chairing the Transportation Safety Committee and co-founding the Des Moines Bike Collective to helping in the revitalization of our neighborhood parks and trails.
Carl employs an honest and practical approach to bringing people together and bridging divisions. His never-ending concern for our community evidenced in his willingness to listen, garner suggestions and ideas, and move forth collaboratively with stakeholders seeing projects through to fruition.
With his proven leadership that will continue to guide us in the growth of Des Moines, I will cast my vote for Carl as City Councilman At-Large in November.
COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND PRESIDENT OF KWK ENTERPRISE, INC.
Valerie Carr at Urban Couture Photography
DES MOINES CITY COUNCIL, 1990-1993
I have served on the board of the Neighborhood Investment Corporation with Carl for the last several years. I support Carl’s election as a Councilman at Large. I know Carl asks tough questions because he has done his homework; cares about our city because of his work to help preserve the Jackson Street Bridge; and when he makes a promise, he delivers.
Carl will make a great member of the Des Moines City Council.
FORMER LT. GOVERNOR
Carl has been an effective community leader who knows this city like the back of his hand. He will listen to the needs of the neighborhoods and help keep Des Moines a vibrant and affordable city.
DES MOINES PARK BOARD MEMBER
BOARD PRESIDENT, IOWA ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL
I have had the pleasure of working with Carl Voss on several projects and programs throughout the Des Moines community over the past few years - from logging grade school student’s laps at a Des Moines Public School to raising funds for park and trail improvement projects through the Friends of Des Moines Parks. I support Carl’s run for Des Moines City Council because he brings energy, passion for the environment, dedication to his community, and a strong commitment to every task he sets out to complete.
CHAIRMAN, IOWA CUBS
I’ve known Carl Voss for 45 years. He is a hard-working and effective visionary, and he knows and loves Des Moines more than anybody I know.
PAST PRESIDENT OF SOUTHWESTERN HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
Carl Voss has a strong record of getting things done as a philanthropist and community volunteer. He works hard, acts with integrity and collaborates with people when taking on a task. I enthusiastically endorse Carl to serve the interests of the entire City of Des Moines as an at-large member of the City Council.
OWNER, SUBSECT SKATESHOP
I first met Carl Summer/Fall 2004 about the need for a skatepark in Des Moines. Carl and the AMOS group helped give us some guidance and leadership. Carl stuck with this skatepark project the whole time and it was a very bumpy road. He wanted to hear from the skaters and he would listen to us and not talk at us.
I know Carl loves the city of Des Moines and wants us to to be the best city we can be.
BOARD MEMBER, FRIENDS OF DES MOINES PARKS
CO-CHAIR, FORE! OUR PARKS
I’m supporting Carl because he is the epitome of someone who loves their city and is willing to do what it takes to help better their community. While working with Carl on events and projects with the Friends of Des Moines Parks, I’ve seen his incredible dedication and work ethic applied to everything he does. The guy is a machine and has done so much to support Des Moines’ growth. It’s been great building a friendship with Carl over the past few years of working with him – plus, he has an incredible sock collection!
Carl is long-time actively involved community-minded advocate whose focus has been the
betterment of the City of Des Moines and surrounding areas.
PRESIDENT, FITNESS SPORTS LTD., CHAIR OF BOBENHOUSE LAVENDER FOUNDATION, CAPITAL STRIDERS RUNNING CLUB, IOWA USA T&F CROSS COUTRY REP.
Most importantly, his commitment to community betterment.
I’ve mostly known the public side of Carl but am aware of so many things that he has instigated that have helped make Des Moines and Central Iowa a better place to live.
My involvement with Carl has included;
The Capital Striders Running & Walking Club where he served as a board member and started our college scholarship program based on an endowment program, helping provide assistance to over 50 area high school XC runners over the years in their effort to continue their education.
Started the Loop the Lake Run as a Kick-Off to the opening of the new Gray's Lake Trail System that is a highlight of the past 20 years of development in downtown Des Moines. Then encouraged the club to support the trail by providing funding for the doggy do-do bag stations to help keep the system nice for the public.
He led the club in donating the first $5000 to the Principal Riverwalk Campaign which led to it becoming one of the most used parts of the trail system in our city. He encouraged us to provide financial support the signage system on the trails and water fountains along the trails in public places.
He initiated the Capital Striders annual New Years Day Mitten Run which raises money for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa.
Carl’s efforts over the years has also included helping with an event that I direct, the Off Road O Cross Race at Living History Farms. With his help we have raised over $1,400,000 for the Farm and other area charities and non-profits through the Bobenhouse Lavender Foundation.
Carl is forever thinking up innovative and creative ways to improve our community and we need that kind of leadership on our city councils.
Since moving downtown 13 years ago, I have seen wonderful growth and change in our city. Carl Voss has been at the epicenter of many of these changes, always as a volunteer. I have had the pleasure of working with Carl on several projects like parks and trails, reclamation of the Jackson Street Bridge, the Lauridsen Skatepark, and the Karras-Kaul sculpture. As a volunteer he has accomplished amazing things and I endorse wholeheartedly his candidacy for the Des Moines City Council.
DOWNTOWN RESIDENT, ATTORNEY AT LAW
FRANK "FREIGHT TRAIN" STRONG
MUSICIAN, MUSIC PROMOTER, DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCATE
I support Carl Voss because Carl has the heart and soul to be a great public servant. Carl listens… and takes action.
I also support Carl Voss for the at-large City Council office because Carl is a long-time supporter of the Des Moines community. For many years Carl has financially supported the Botanical Blues concert series. The Botanical Blues concert series is held during the winter months at the Des Moines Botanical Garden. This family-friendly and disability accessible concert series provides a respite from the harsh Iowa winters while promoting live Blues music to all ages.
Carl and his wife Sue also promote other live music events in the community by hosting live music events in their home in the East Village of Des Moines. These events also promote live music and provide a showcase for talented artists from near and far. These house concerts help to bring our community together in fun and wholesome ways.
Carl is also a long-time promoter of public engagement, public transit, and the Des Moines Bicycle Collective. The Bicycle collective is a program which promotes bicycle usage throughout the community.
Beyond a doubt, Carl Voss is a very qualified person to hold a seat on the Des Moines City Council. As a past council member, a life long resident, and a businessman, Carl has done it all. Mr. Voss exemplifies honesty, fairness, and thoughtfulness.
ROSE MARY PRATT
I’ve known Carl Voss for 30 years. His energy and enthusiasm to dig in and work hard and make things happen is his DNA.
Carl has been a pioneer in the East Village development, and with his wife Susan made a commitment to its rehabilitation by becoming homeowners. Besides his own home, improvement of the area around our State Capitol grounds was marked by his presence as a member of the Capitol Planning Commission. I worked in state government and saw his effectiveness in advocating for what is now the beautiful grounds and park known as the West Capitol Terrace.
Moving on to the area in SE Des Moines where I grew up, I had the opportunity to work with Carl and his effort to raise money to save the Jackson-5th Street Bridge. Today it shines as an example that links downtown to the south and on to Gray's Lake.
I have no doubt that Carl Voss will continue to work and advocate for strong neighborhoods and listen to and partner with people who live and work there. I’m endorsing Carl Voss for the at-large Des Moines City council seat.
OWNER, CAPITAL CHIROPRACTIC AND REHABILITATION CENTER
I have worked and engaged with Carl in a number of different roles in this community and each time I have been impressed. He is kind, thoughtful, engaged, forward thinking, and I believe he has the best interest of the community always in mind. He will be a great council member and I believe the City of Des Moines will become an even better place with Carl in a leadership role.
GREGARY AND JAN FRANCK
COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS; 24/7 SOBRIETY BILL (PASSED IN 2017)
Carl is a bridge-builder at a time when we need bridge-builders. He knows what is right and just, and Carl knows how to get things done for the city of Des Moines and its residents.
We became all-too-familiar with Iowa's drunk-driving enforcement system when our son was killed by a drunk-driver. Carl reached out to us and helped build support for the adoption of the 24/7 Sobriety program in Iowa. It took action from state officials and legislators on both sides of the aisle to draft and pass a new type of law for effective treatment of repeat drunk-driving offenders.
Carl's experience and insights with public-issue advocacy was invaluable. He cares deeply about people and is enormously gifted as a coalition and consensus-builder. We know Des Moines and its residents will flourish under his care as a council member.