Former Marine Pat Ritter Runs On Water Quality In Northeast Iowa House Race

Far from both parties’ activist cores and the state political press, a Northeast Iowa legislative race might hold the key to which party controls the Iowa House next session. The Decorah-based House District 55 features an open seat where both parties have fielded strong candidates. On the Democratic side is Pat Ritter, a 34-year-old attorney and former Marine from West Union, the more-Republica...
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Rising Star Profile: North Liberty Mayor Amy Nielsen

When Amy Nielsen ran for mayor of North Liberty in 2014, few expected her to succeed. It was her first campaign for public office in a city she had only lived in for seven years, up against an incumbent who had been involved in local government for 15 years. While her opponent criticized her lack of experience, Nielsen ran on a message of new ideas and a fresh perspective. She won with a convinc...
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Rising Star Profile: Pete Hird

He may hail from a small northern Jackson County community named Leisure Lake, but Pete Hird's focus in his campaign for State House is all about work and the working people he hopes to represent. The 33-year-old electrical worker is an active volunteer in the small, dirt-road rural neighborhood of about 100 families, and recently decided to take his interest in legislative issues to the actual Le...
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Rising Star Profile: Rob Sand

Were Rob Sand to run for office in the near future, he'll already hold many qualifications of a successful candidate for public office: an Assistant Attorney General, family man, rural upbringing and... chicken wrangler. That last one he added to his resume early on growing up in Northeast Iowa, where he developed an appreciation for small-town life, the outdoors and civic engagement. Now he lives...
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Rising Star Profile: Miyoko Hikiji

When Miyoko Hikiji's friends first suggested to her that she run for office, she was hesitant. Am I really qualified for this? Would I be prepared? Those were the questions that went through her mind before she realized how silly the doubts were. "I've done a lot of scary things in my career," the Iraq War veteran and mother of two young girls finally decided. "If I can go to war, I can probabl...
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Young Leaders Profile: Natasha Newcomb

A life of political advocacy and being a single mother to a gifted child has well-prepared Natasha Newcomb in her new plan to run for Des Moines School Board. She is a candidate for School Board District 3, campaigning for the election in September. Starting Line enjoys highlighting younger Democrats running for office or who might be future leaders, and Newcomb promises to be an important voice i...
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Heather Matson Announces Run for Ankeny House District

Ankeny has proven to be an Iowa boom-town in recent years, with new neighborhoods filled with young families popping up across the Des Moines suburb seemingly every month. A woman whose family looks like the many moving to the popular and thriving community now seeks to represent them in the Statehouse. Heather Matson plans on announcing her candidacy for House District 38 today, aiming to challen...
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Ravi Patel Announces for Congress – Our Profile

Update: This morning Ravi Patel officially announced that he is a Democratic candidate for the 1st Congressional District. In a press release he calls himself a "pro-growth progressive" and says, "We need a fresh perspective, we need new leadership, and we need innovative thinkers who are genuinely interested in seeing our country succeed." Below is our profile of him that we posted earlier this m...
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