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Rock Falls woman accused of election misconduct after running for mayor


This news story was published on January 31, 2020.
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MASON CITY – A Rock Falls woman has been arrested and accused of election misconduct after unsuccessfully running for mayor in her small town.

According to the a complaint filed by the Cerro Gordo county sheriff’s office, Joanna Augustus was running for mayor of Rock Falls during the 2019 election. She requested a list of all registered voters in Rock Falls through the auditor’s office in Cerro Gordo County. Augustus was the only person that obtained the list, this being verified by the County Auditor and of the office of Secretary of State, the only two places where the list may be obtained. This list was requested twice by Augustus; on October 11, 2019 and December 13, 2019.  Augustus used this list to mail letters from a fake coalition (IOWA COALITION AGAINST CRIMINAL MAYORS) using a fake address (307 Bremer Street, Waverly) to the registered voters on the list, attaching the criminal record of the mayor that had been elected, Megan Quam, who won the election over Augustus, 43 votes to 19 votes.

Augustus was jailed in Cerro Gordo county after a warrant was put out for her arrest. She posted bond and awaits further court appearances.

Joanna Augustus

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4 Responses to Rock Falls woman accused of election misconduct after running for mayor

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2020 at 10:21 am

    The mayor of Rock Falls must be a pretty sweet job.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    February 1, 2020 at 2:27 am

    How is this different then what Wright did with the Globe Gazette during her election?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    Wow! Now she can share her own criminal record! Pitiful!

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    January 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    Gotta be a Democrat!