I am excited to be a candidate for Iowa House District 66. My husband of over 27 years and I have called the Cedar Rapids area our home for our entire marriage. During those years we have raised 4 children and officially joined the “empty nest” club this fall.
Those 27 years did not go by with out hardships.
As a mom of two young boys in a one-income home, we were eligible for food assistance, WIC and Medicaid. I worked two jobs to help get through those difficult times. I have “walked” a walk familiar to many. We are proof that those challenging times were stepping-stones to future success.
For over 25 years, I have been a social worker. Most of those years have been spent working with individuals diagnosed with mental illness, chemical dependence and our aging population. I currently work as a behavioral health specialist for children.
With the recently passed legislation on mental health, and the pending creation of a children’s mental health system, it’s important to elect someone with current and ongoing knowledge of mental health services and needs. I will work cooperatively to ensure we maintain funding to those important programs.
Over the past year I also had the opportunity to be a substitute teacher in the Cedar Rapids school district. With that experience, I am aware of the challenges and celebrations our teachers have in classrooms every day. I look forward to continuing to fully fund schools to promote future generations to success.
The Future Ready Iowa initiative needs to continue to thrive. We have many resources available in Cedar Rapids. Funding job training programs, such as the light manufacturing training program through Goodwill, brings everyone to the table with job readiness, training and placement. Supporting Kirkwood and vocational training programs will keep Iowa moving forward.
There are many layers to the Medicaid system and we cannot just “fix” it overnight; different layers have different needs — from low-income with children to elderly waivers and everything in between. My goal will be to continue to hold managed care organizations accountable to providers and members.
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I believe my skill set and goals will help individuals reach their full potential by giving them a hand up in the workplace, mental health care and education. With those advantages, all Iowans will be able to take control, better their lives and the lives of all Iowans.
• Teresa Daubitz is a Republican candidate in Iowa House District 66.