Letters to the Editor

Experience matters in Senate District 37

I have never voted for a woman just because she is a woman, although I believe more women in public office would be a plus. My vote is based on qualifications, experience and aptitude. Voters in state Senate District 37, a seat being vacated by Senator Bob Dvorsky, will have a chance to elect a uniquely qualified person, who happens to be female, in the June 5 primary election.

Janice Weiner stands out because of her education and experience. First, she is a lawyer, currently a rare and much-needed asset in the Iowa Legislature. Second, she has served in the U.S. State Department for 25 years, through Republican and Democratic administrations, representing our country at five embassies and two consulates general. In her last post, she was Consul General in Düsseldorf, Germany. She knows what it is to be a public servant, and to work with people from diverse backgrounds. Third, she has the temperament to be an effective leader in the Iowa Legislature. She is decisive, hardworking; always looking for a positive way to solve a problem.

She will be an effective diplomat and advocate for our community in Des Moines. I encourage voters to give this highly qualified candidate your serious consideration.

Jean Lloyd-Jones

Iowa City

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