Des Moines – Josh Mandelbaum formally announced his candidacy for Des Moines City Council Ward 3 in the November 7, 2017 election. He also announced former Lt. Governor Sally Pederson and former Attorney General Bonnie Campbell as campaign co-chairs.
Josh Mandelbaum’s career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Josh served as a policy advisor in the Vilsack/Pederson administration from 2003-2006. He then went back to the University of Iowa College of Law. He practiced at the law firm of Lane and Waterman in the Quad Cities before returning to Des Moines to work for the Environmental Law & Policy Center.
“When I worked in the Vilsack-Pederson administration, I saw firsthand how government run well and government focused on the people it serves could make a significant difference in people’s lives.” Mandelbaum said. “I want Des Moines to provide opportunities and a better life for everyone who wants to be part of our community and who wants to help build our community.”
Campaign co-chair and former Lt. Governor Sally Pederson said “I have had a close working relationship with Josh in both the public and non-profit sector for the past 15 years. As a member of the Vilsack/Pederson administration, he was a passionate and knowledgeable resource respected by legislators across party lines for his commitment to good public policy. He will bring that same knowledge, passion, and commitment to the citizens of Ward 3, and that is why I want him to be my representative on the Des Moines City Council.”
As an environmental attorney at a public interest non-profit, Josh is working on critical problems facing our community from water quality to the clean energy economy. “Josh uses his skills as an attorney to make our community better,” said campaign co-chair and former Attorney General Bonnie Campbell. “Josh isn’t afraid to fight special interests, and that is why I want Josh fighting for me as my representative on the Des Moines City Council.”
Supporters Kathy and Herb Eckhouse, owners of La Quercia, added, “As central Iowa business owners, we value our workforce; they and their families need to flourish for all of us to succeed. Josh Mandelbaum will act to invest in people, through policies that raise wages and the quality of life for all residents. He will make Des Moines a better place to live and work.”
“We need Council members who understand the seriousness of challenges we face from water quality to providing opportunity to everyone who lives in our community,” Mandelbaum said. “Des Moines residents need city council members who represent our interests, our concerns, and our values. I will dedicate my voice on the Council to achieving those goals.”
Josh Mandelbaum was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He is the product of Des Moines public schools having attended Hanawalt Elementary School, Merrill Middle School, Roosevelt High School and Central Academy. Josh currently serves on the Polk County Early Childhood Iowa board, the advisory board of University of Iowa REACH (Realizing Education and Career Hopes) program, and the Greater Des Moines Jewish Federation. He attends Temple B’nai Jeshurun on Grand Avenue. He currently lives on the west side of Des Moines with his wife Katherine, his son Liam (3), daughter Ayla (1) and black lab Truman.