My Great-Grandparents had dreams of being landowners and American citizens. By their faith and perseverance they made a home and started a family that continues to grow in Iowa. They fought against injustice and hate groups which roamed the country side after the Civil War. They helped build the local church to feed the souls of those weary of the harsh prairie conditions. They housed those who came to their doorstep, fed those who were hungry, and supplied what little medicine they had to the ill. They were community leaders and hard-working, progressive farmers.
Thus, community building runs in my blood. That is why I am running for Iowa House. Like my ancestors, we must build up our communities and help each other reach our goals. We must help create solid, good-paying jobs. We must help small businesses grow, find quality employees and expand markets for their products. We must provide high speed internet throughout Iowa, including rural areas. We must have high quality, affordable health care. We must attract new families and business into rural areas. We must have access to mental health facilities and quality nursing homes. We must have high quality, affordable education for our children, and for those wanting a post-secondary education. We must protect family farms, as well as our precious soil and water.
We can do this! By working together we can fulfill these dreams, like our ancestors did, to make Iowa a better place for all of us, our children and our grandchildren.
Our campaign is also about values. It is about having integrity and compassion towards fellow Iowans: to lend a hand to those in need, to provide leadership and civility, to work towards solutions to the many issues facing us in Iowa. We will bring the common sense attitude and drive that our Great-Grandparents possessed to the Iowa Legislature. Let’s build Iowa up!