Mike Carberry

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Mike Carberry

Mike Carberry is an Iowa City activist.


Mike Carberry of Iowa City was elected to the Johnson County Board of Supervisors in 2014.

Mike was raised in Newhall, Iowa, in a large, fifth generation Iowa family. His family moved to Johnson County in 1976, and Mike graduated from Iowa City Regina High School, then earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Iowa in 1983.

He held several positions in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability, including as the Executive Director of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association; Midwestern Nuclear Campaign Coordinator for Friends of the Earth; Senior Regional Field Director with the Iowa Global Warming Campaign; Campaign Manager for Citizens for Public Power; and Director of Green State Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in advocacy, outreach and campaign organizing around environmental issues. Mike also worked as the Benefit Director at Iowa City’s Englert Theatre.

Mike’s volunteer efforts also reflect his interest in the environment. He has served many roles with the Sierra Club, including Chairperson for the Iowa City Area Group, and member of the State of Iowa Chapter Executive Committee. He also served as a core team member of the Sierra Club’s Nuclear-Free Campaign. He was awarded the 2013 Environmental Activist of the Year award from the State Chapter of the Sierra Club. Mike currently serves on the boards of the Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club and the Iowa Wind Energy Association.

Mike is proud of his involvement with passage of a Minimum Wage ordinance, development of a Community ID program and hiring the County’s first local food and planning specialist.[1]


Labor Day 2014

Dave Loebsack said he's been accused of pulling punches in his Thursday debate with opponent Mariannette Miller-Meeks, but the congressman told a Labor Day crowd at the Iowa City Federation of Labor picnic, 2014, "If you were wondering why I was holding back, that’s not gonna happen anymore.”

“This is one congressman who’s not afraid to say the word Union, not afraid to say the word Labor” He said his priorities include ending wage theft, raising the minimum wage, and closing close tax loopholes. “My opponent will not stand against policies that send jobs overseas.”

There was no Ready for Hillary presence but Jeff Cox spoke on behalf of Bernie Sanders, noting in a non-subtle shot at Clinton, “He’s never served on the board of Walmart.” Sanders is scheduled to attend the Johnson County Democrat's barbecue on October 5.

Other elected officials and candidates on hand included: Secretary of Agriculture candidate Sherrie Taha, State Senators Joe Bolkcom, Bob Dvorsky and Senate Candidate Kevin Kinney; Reps. Mary Mascher and Sally Stutsman and House candidates David Johnson and John Greener; Supervisors Rod Sullivan, Janelle Rettig and candidate Mike Carberry; Sheriff Lonny Pulkrabek, Recorder Kim Painter, and city council members Jim Throgmorton and Kingsley Botchway of Iowa City, Mitch Gross of Coralville, and North Liberty mayor candidate Amy Nielsen.[2]

"Johnson County for All"

This 2016 report was compiled and designed by Student Associates of the Iowa Program for Public Life and students of Comm 1830: Solving Public Problems. Lead Report Designers were: Emily Giovannetti, Courtney O'Meara, and Jennifer Rolston.

Hosted by the Iowa Program for Public Life (a project of the University of Iowa Communication Studies Department), this event was a university-community partnership:

Participants included Congressman Dave Loebsack's office .[3]

Iowa City DSA Facebook closed group page


Iowa City Democratic Socialists of America Facebook closed group page, as of May 10, 2017, included Mike Carberry.

May 2017 Medicare for All Rally - Iowa City

With the passage of Trumpcare in the House, we must now take the fight to the Senate. We must protect The Affordable Care Act, a critically important step towards the goal of making healthcare available to all.
Iowa City will be joining six other cities across our great state in hosting a MFA rally on the same day. We are going to send a clear message to Washington about where we stand on healthcare.
Come stand with us, May 20th at the Ped Mall in Iowa City!

Speakers were;

  • Rob Hogg - State Senate Minority Leader/District 19
  • Joe Bolkcom - State Senate Assistant Minority Leader/District 43
  • Liz Bennett - State House Representative, Assistant Minority Leader/ District 65
  • Mike Carberry - Johnson Co. Supervisor
  • Rod Sullivan - Johnson Co. Supervisor
  • Sandy Dockendorff - BSN/RN and IDP 2nd Congressional District Central Committee Chair and State Rules Chair
  • Steve Siegel - Retired Wapello Co. Supervisor, Candidate for State Senate District 41
  • Mazahir Salih - Former President of the Center for Worker Justice, Candidate for Iowa City / City Council
  • Daniel Clark - National delegate to the 2016 DNCC, Candidate for 2nd District U.S. House
  • Jodi Clemens - Candidate for State House District 73
  • Elizabeth Dinschel - State Leader of Action Iowa and Candidate for Coralville City Council
  • Dave Loebsack - U.S. House Representative, 2nd Congressional District Cosponsor HR 676

DSA of Iowa public Facebook group

November 26, 2017

In September 2017 Mike Carberry was a member of the Democratic Socialists of Iowa public Facebook group.

Our Revolution Central Iowa Facebook

Members of Our Revolution Central Iowa closed Facebook group, accessed November 27, 2017 included Mike Carberry.[4]

Progressive leaders for Glasson

Members of Iowa’s Progressive Leaders for Cathy Glasson public Facebook group, accessed November 26, 2017 included Mike Carberry.[5]

Cathy Glasson endorsement

Mike Carberry, former Democratic candidate for Governor, is supporting labor union president Cathy Glasson for Iowa Governor in the June 2018 Democratic primary.

“Cathy Glasson is having a conversation with Iowans about the issues that are most important and that can’t be ignored. She is proposing the bold progressive answers that will make the change that the 99% of Iowans need to be healthy and prosperous,” said Carberry.

“She has focused with passion on the issues that matter most to Iowans,” said Carberry, a Johnson County Supervisor. Glasson is worth standing up for because she is standing up for Iowans, Carberry said.

One of the highest-ranking elected officials to endorse Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Iowa caucus, Carberry said Glasson has connected well with Sanders supporters across the state. “I am pleased she is standing up for the issues that drove half of Iowa Democrats to support Sanders,” he said. Those issues include an increased minimum wage, clean water, renewable energy, health care for all, and free community college tuition.

“After the disastrous legislative session that decimated workers’ rights, voters’ rights, and education funding, and left the state in a financial hole, Cathy Glasson and her populist policies are the answer Iowans need to prosper again,” Carberry said.

In Johnson County, Carberry cast the deciding vote to increase its minimum wage, and he appreciates Glasson’s support of a $15 an hour minimum wage for Iowa. “What we started in Johnson County needs to be increased to a living wage for all Iowa workers to give them a more solid financial foundation, and to accelerate economic growth for all businesses across the state,” said Carberry.

As a professional environmental lobbyist for several years, Carberry is encouraged by Glasson’s support of a moratorium on CAFO’s and a plan to make polluters pay for clean water in Iowa. “I want a governor who will lead the way and sign environmental legislation, not one who dithers and gets in the way of progress. With Glasson’s background in public health, we can have clean water and cleaner agricultural practices in Iowa,” he said.

Carberry stated that Glasson’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and support of expanded clean renewable energy initiatives are also attractive to him. “I have fought against coal plants, nuclear power plants, and dirty oil pipelines. Iowans deserve a Governor who puts our health before profits and understands that clean energy is not only the best environmental future but also is an economic solution to bring more good clean jobs to Iowa. Cathy knows climate change is already hurting Iowans and she knows the solutions we need. ”

Glasson is also showing leadership in public health in Iowa, Carberry said, by promoting a statewide version of “Medicare for All” if there is no action on a national program. “The Medicaid disaster of the Reynolds Administration needs a bold response, and Glasson knows exactly what Iowa needs to do to secure affordable health care insurance for its citizens,” said Carberry.[6]

"Communists and socialists"

On the morning of Labor Day 2017, a crowd gathered outside Mercy Hospital in Des Moines to hear health-care workers speak about their worsening labor conditions. After a number of hospital employees had spoken, Mike Carberry, a Democrat serving as supervisor for Johnson County, took the stage.

“Do we have any good liberals here?” he asked.

Carberry was met with tepid applause.

Then someone shouted: “We’re communists!”

The crowd exploded in cheers.

“Okay! Communists and socialists!” Carberry conceded.

The rally was a joint action between organizers of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the local chapter of Fight for $15, which earlier that morning organized a strike at a local Burger King. But the event of the day was a speech by Cathy Glasson, a recent entrant to the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

“If you work in healthcare in Des Moines, you probably work two jobs,” Glasson told the crowd. “That’s why I’m here with you, to fight for $15 and a union!”[7]

Endorsing DeJear



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  2. Deeth, Monday, September 01, 2014 Labor Day 2014
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  6. of Iowa, Johnson County Supervisor Carberry Endorses Cathy Glasson for Governor
  7. [The Nation, Socialism Comes to Iowa By Nicolás Medina Mora and Rebecca Zweig DECEMBER 20, 2017]