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Iowa House District 49 (2020)

The Iowa Legislature meets every year, starting in January, to pass laws and establish the state government’s budget. The House, the lower chamber of the Iowa Legislature, consists of 100 Representatives elected by Districts for two-year terms. Representatives receive a salary of $25,000/year.House District 49 consists of southern Hardin County and western and southern Story County, including the cities of Story City, Nevada, and Huxley. General Election Day is November 3, 2020. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.The pre-registration deadline to register to vote is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. The Auditor's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day. After the pre-registration deadline, election day registration (EDR) procedures are followed. Proof of identity and proof of residence will be required. When using EDR, voters must both register and cast a ballot, whether it is an in-person absentee ballot or at the polls on Election Day. Request for an absentee ballot must be in the auditor's office by 5pm on October 24, 2020. You may vote in person at the Story County Auditor's office starting October 5, 2020 until November 2, 2020. For more information contact the Story County Auditor's Office at (515) 382-7210 or

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  • Dave Deyoe

  • Seldon Spencer

Biographical Information

What is your process for identifying your priorities to the many issues that our State faces?

In recent years, the legislature has approved many laws that take away local control. Examples include the ability of local governments to regulate the siting of CAFOs, minimum wages, fireworks, and plastic bags. Would you work to reverse any of these restrictions on local control? Why or why not?

The "Bottle Bill' has gone a long way in keeping our roadsides and public spaces relatively free of bottles and cans. It has also improved opportunities for recycling, but the 1-cent handling fee approved in 1979 is no longer adequate to support recycling centers. Do you support raising the handling fee and expanding coverage to other beverage containers, including water and juice bottles? Why or why not?

What approaches are needed to improve Iowa's water quality and prevent contamination of rivers and the Gulf?

What are your proposals for reducing Iowa's prison population and improving rehabilitation of incarcerated people?

Longstanding calls to defund or even abolish the police and redirect those resources to other ways to support the community have recently entered the mainstream discourse. What is the best way for our society to promote justice, peace, and the general welfare of its members? Does that include policing in its current state? How do we use the current moment to end the perpetuation of civil and economic inequities endemic to our current system?

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Campaign Mailing Address 823 Ashwood Drives
Huxley, IA 50124
Campaign Phone (515) 231-2745
Current Occupation Neurologist with McFarland Clinic
Education Allegheny College North Dakota School of Medicine
Community Involvement Story County Soil and Water Commissioner Ballard Community Performing Arts Assoc.
Other Relevant Experience Medical, Water and Solar installations/activities overseas.
My background is medicine and the struggle patients have with health insurance and costs and accessibility are an every day experience for me. There are no easy answers but I believe I have background to try and create a more affordable and accessible healthcare system for all Iowans. Perhaps not unrelated is my concern with climate change. We are having more drought and extreme weather events and even pandemics in part due to climate change. We have to do something about it. We can't wait for Washington or local governments. Everyone has to work on this issue. The formula is pretty simple. We need to produce less carbon dioxide and sequester more carbon. Finally and in concert with the climate change concern lives my efforts with soil and water quality. Soil has provided Iowa bountiful crop production but we need to pursue conservation practices to regenerate and enhance this precious gift and in so doing we will reduce the number of impaired waterways in Iowa.
I am in favor of more local control . I understand the need to try and create some uniformity within the state but the examples cited are precisely why this subject needs to be revisited. I have listened to homeowners impacted by CAFOs and wondered why it is wrong to raise the minimum wage. I am sure there are arguments to be made and I would be happy to listen but the examples cited have caused problems and need to be reconsidered and in my opinion given over to local control.
Yes. Recycling bottles and other containers and maybe petroleum based plastic should be the norm in our state. It is not just a problem of littering but one of conservation and trying to make Iowa a better and cleaner place. I would favor raising the 1 cent handling fee.
Perhaps first is considering riparian buffer strips throughout Iowa. This has been implemented in Minnesota. Making sure there is no row crop within 50 or 100 feet of the waterway would be a good first step. The ongoing efforts through the Nutrient reduction strategy are worthy and I especially like cover crops. We just need to use them more. No till practices help as well as tile management and bioreactors. There are many ways to improve our water but I like the riparian buffer strip option.
Anyway we can educate and train young people toward purposeful occupations will reduce the prison population. Once incarcerated finding a trade or skill that they can pursue will still be the best way to leave prison with a mission and purpose. I know much of our prison population have mental health and general health issues so hopefully incarceration can be an opportunity to address those concerns.
The models I have heard of around the county usually have more mental health and social worker input before police are involved. I know there are communities where this has helped. Having police more imbedded in the community also helps. The challenge is trying to determine when force is necessary and I would love to learn from veteran police how to do that. Again a large portion of policing and jail time is occupied by mental health issues. Directing money in that direction would be reasonable.