Nick Barton is a resident of Ankeny and a candidate for Polk County Board of Supervisors for the third district.
Nick is originally from Westfield, Massachusetts, and attended college at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science. At UMass, Nick was active in campus, local, and state politics. He was a member of the Student Government and Faculty Senate, lobbied the State Legislature for increased support for public higher education, and, as part of the nation’s first unionized Resident Assistant workforce, was a member of the United Auto Workers Local 2322.
After college, Nick earned a Masters Degree in Political Management from George Washington University. To help pay for school, he worked full time as a Program Specialist for the University’s Semester in Washington and Native American Political Leadership Programs, helping students from across the country secure internships and learn from leaders in government, politics, and non-profits in our nation’s capital.
In 2015, he left Washington to pursue his goal of working on a political campaign, and in the run up to the 2016 Caucuses, took a leap of faith and moved to Iowa. He settled in Ankeny and joined Martin O’Malley’s campaign for President. After Caucus Night, he went to work as the Communications Director for the Iowa Democratic Party’s Senate Majority Fund, supporting Democratic candidates for State Senate across Iowa.
After the 2016 election, instead of packing up and leaving for the next campaign, Nick realized how much he enjoyed living in the Des Moines area, and decided to stay in Ankeny. He now works as a small business account manager for Apple, helping local organizations implement technology solutions. He is a member of the Polk County Democrats Central Committee and is active with Ankeny Area Democrats.
Now, Nick is stepping out from behind-the-scenes to put his own name on the ballot and give voters of Ankeny, Altoona, Bondurant, Pleasant Hill, and Mitchellville a new choice for Supervisor this November. Since the third district was drawn in 2010, Republican Supervisor Steve Van Oort has never been challenged for the seat, either in a primary or a general election. In 2018, the district split 50/50, Democrat/Republican, up and down the ballot, from the Governor’s race to local offices. In 2020, Nick is running as a new voice with an issue-centered campaign focused on providing quality mental health services, advancing county conservation efforts, preparing for future public health emergencies, and advancing openness and accountability within county government.