Opinion

On 2021: Farmers know a few things about optimism

The Gazette asked community leaders to write short commentaries reflecting on 2020 and their hopes for 2021

Like many, I look forward to 2020 coming to an end, putting a year of difficulty and challenge behind us, and starting the next year looking forward.

As a lifelong farmer, I am always optimistic and always hopeful. In order to place a seed in the ground, to depend on factors completely out of your control for the crop to succeed, farmers have no choice but to be optimistic. This year was more challenging than anyone expected, yet Iowans handled each challenge, and did so with smiles on our faces.

In January, I will start my first term as a state senator for Benton, Iowa and Poweshiek counties. I am eager to begin this new role. I am confident we can find solutions to help not only those hit hard by the pandemic, but also help those still recovering from the derecho that tore through our state and the devastation it caused. I look forward to fighting for my constituents all across the district — for the farmers who face constant uncertainty, rural Iowans looking for affordable health care, and those looking to get back to work to support themselves and their families.

Dawn Driscoll is senator-elect of Iowa Senate District 38.

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