MOUND CITY – Linn County Commissioner Rick James announced on Monday, April 11, that he would not be running for commissioner in the next election and that his term would be up in January 2023.
In a prepared statement, James said that he would not seek a third term.
“As I have had this opportunity to serve two full terms as county commissioner,” he said. “As of coming up in January, I am announcing that I will not seek a third term.
“Although I enjoy working and serving as a county commissioner and believe it is an amazing opportunity for anyone, I am of the belief that eight years is plenty for anyone, and term limits should be seriously considered at all levels of government.
“If you just look at the highest levels, you have people like Pelosis and McConnells serving for 30 to 40 years, and our state level politicians do the exact same thing. And being a U.S. Marine for as long as I was, one thing that is perfectly understood in our corps is you either move up or move on.
“There is always someone who can replace you and do a good job. And I ask that if you are interested in the position for District 1 – file. If you have any questions, just call me.
In his statement, James did not rule out running for another position.
“My promise is to continue to work hard to serve the citizens of Linn County until the turnover in January and thank you for your support,” he said. “To all that supported me and to Herb Pemberton who I replaced for his guidance through the election process and all the questions I had for him.
“I just wanted to make that announcement, it’s there. And so if you are interested in being a county commissioner for District 1, go ahead and file.”
In a later phone interview, James said that he felt really good about getting done what he had wanted to do.
When asked if he was considering running for an office this year, he said he would see what comes up with redistricting and he might consider it.
On Tuesday, County Clerk David Lamb said that, while there had been some people interested in filing for the District 1 post, no one had actually filed.