I am a fourth generation farmer born and raised near Coggon, Iowa, where I live with my wife, Deb, and daughter, Rachel, who attends North-Linn High School. My wife and I also have three other daughters, Allison a Wartburg College Student, Taylor who lives in Des Moines, and Brandy Meisheid who lives outside of Coggon with her husband Michael.
I am running for Iowa House District 95 which cover portions of Linn and Buchanan counties because as it turns out, many of the challenges my fellow Iowans face my family also faces or has previously faced. I believe a fresh set of eyes with experiences dealing with overcoming similar challenges would be a great asset in the Capitol. These issues include education: as my wife and I have sent two daughters through college, have one in college, and have one about to graduate high school, I realize the importance of K-12 and college education funding. Through my wife’s experience in serving on our local school board; I understand to ensure the quality of all students’ education, funding must be done in a timely manner. We also need to give control back to our local school boards and empower our teachers.
As a farmer, water quality is extremely important on our farms. Filter strips, waterways, conservation tillage, and nitrogen management are all utilized to maintain water quality and nutrient management. Education plays an enormous role in strengthening water quality. Our farms are also home to two pipelines and a Trans America phone line. I understand that America needs infrastructure. I also understand, firsthand, the abuses companies take after receiving eminent domain. Iowa needs oversight, with the ability to react to these abuses. Another major development in Iowa is the privatization of Medicaid. Before my Mother’s passing in July of 2016 I saw and heard of many of the difficulties others where having with Medicaid. This is another example of Iowa needing oversight to help ensure insurance companies are providing as they should be. I believe these issues can be addressed without raising taxes and without putting Iowa in a fiscally irresponsible position.
This past year, while running for State Representative in District 95, I have met with many outstanding citizens in our communities while walking parades, stopping by local farm sales and coffee shops, and knocking on doors. I know I will do my best to represent you with dignity and pride just as I have done in the community and state organizations I have been a part of. I look forward to the election and continually hope I will have your support on and after Nov. 8.
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