DES MOINES — A longtime social worker with experience in mental health and Medicaid is running for the Iowa Legislature in House District 66.
Republican Teresa Daubitz is challenging incumbent Rep. Art Staed, D-Cedar Rapids, this year in the district that covers northeast Cedar Rapids.
“As a mom, social worker and wife of a small-business owner, I have gained perspective of the needs of our community and will work to listen and be the voice of House District 66 in Des Moines,” Daubitz, 51, said.
Daubitz, who describes herself as a “realist with high expectations,” worked for 20 years as a social worker, which gave her firsthand experience with behavioral health, Medicaid and Medicare. She also worked for Humana as a social worker helping Medicare recipients living in their own homes to access services.
She said her career has given her the opportunity to interact with the community’s most vulnerable — the poor, those with mental and developmental disabilities, the elderly and children.
That experience is needed in the Legislature as it deals with the challenges Iowans face over mental health and private management of Medicaid, Daubitz said.
While working at the Abbe Center, Daubitz was involved in recovery efforts after the 2008 flood. She staffed a shelter at Viola Gibson School, assisting people applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency benefits and funding through the United Way.
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Daubitz grew up in Iowa City and graduated from Iowa City Regina and then the University of Iowa with a degree leisure studies.
She volunteers for Hospice of Mercy, the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health and Xavier High School. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the Iowa Honey Producers Association and NAMI of Linn Co. Daubitz and her husband, Marc, have been married for 27 years and have four adult children.
She also holds a substitute teaching authorization through the Grant Wood Area Education Agency.
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