Iowa House District 85
The Iowa House of Representatives, with the Iowa Senate, and the Governor, create laws and establish the state budget. The House of Representatives is the lower chamber of the Iowa General Assembly. All of its 100 seats are up for election in 2020. Members serve two year terms and are paid $25,000 + per diem annually.
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What makes you the best choice for House District 85?
What will be your approach to potential budget shortfalls that result from the pandemic response?
What, in your view, is the most critical issue facing the State of Iowa at this time and how will you address it?
Current Occupation/Work Experience
I have been a law professor at the University of Iowa for 20 years. Before that I was an environmental engineer at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
I have been involved with a variety of groups involved in diversity, equity, and inclusion; women's empowerment, and gun safety.
J.D., With Highest Honors, University of Florida
B.S. Environmental Engineering, With Honors, University of Florida
As Iowa's bluest district, Iowa City expects strong Democratic leadership from its representatives. I would be a champion for progressive values and vulnerable populations, and I would work to elect Democrats to restore balance in our government.
We should invest more in containing, mitigating, and treating the spread of the virus. That requires more testing, personal protective equipment, workplace safety measures, and access to health care. We must also remedy preexisting inequities that the coronavirus has exposed, which means investing in education, workers, marginalized populations, and small businesses.
There are many pressing issues in Iowa: education, health care, worker rights, climate change, the environment, and gun safety, just to name a few.
But the biggest issue – and one that affects all others – is that we have lost balance in our state government. The Republicans control it all, and the far-right wing has gone unchecked. I have already been fundraising to help flip seats and take back some of the legislature. I would also work to show why progressive policies benefit all of Iowa.
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