In 2017, the Iowa Legislature gutted the collective bargaining agreements for public employees. As an operator for the city of Mount Vernon, my family and thousands of others lost the ability to protect our health care, our wages and other vital resources. In response, I did the only thing I could think of: I reached out to my state representative in HD 95. To my surprise, I received absolutely no guidance or assistance on how I or any of my co-workers could advocate for what we needed.
As the father of a child who has a preexisting condition, I was equal parts frustrated and terrified. How was I supposed to protect my children and our family? Why didn’t the voices of thousands of public workers — the people who care for our communities like teachers, firefighters and police officers — matter? Why wasn’t our representative fighting for our family’s future and our well-being?
I’m running for the Iowa House because we need someone who will work hard to put Iowa’s future first. And right now, our future is in jeopardy. By the time this is published, more than 87,000 Iowans will have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Our communities are still recovering from the devastating derecho. Many main street businesses are shuttered, and Iowa’s unemployment rate is two times higher than it was just one year ago.
After the derecho, Iowans rolled up their sleeves and worked side-by-side to clean up and rebuild. As your representative, I promise to do the same: I will be right by your side, making sure the foundations of our community — our health care, our infrastructure, our businesses and our economy — are strong.
None of us can predict what the world will be like on Nov. 3, but what I do know is that the choice isn’t Democrat vs. Republican. It’s deciding which candidates will listen to your concerns, will understand your fears about protecting your family, and will actually show up to work for you when elected.
Christian Andrews is a Democratic candidate in Iowa House District 95.