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Veteran and Instructor Dave Degner to Run for Iowa Senate District 36

Clutier, Iowa--Dave Degner, lifelong rural Iowan, veteran, Hawkeye Community College instructor, and volunteer announced his intention to run as the Democratic candidate for Senate District 36. The district encompasses Tama County, Marshall County and South East Black Hawk County.

“I’m running for the State Senate because politics has become personal for me. I’m not a politician, I’m a concerned Iowan who has had too many family and friends affected by the State Legislature’s inability to put people first in our state. The state of Iowa has turned away from the priorities and values it once stood for, our representatives should be looking out for their constituents, not giving handouts to special interests,” says Degner. “I feel compelled to do something more than just vote, that’s why I’m taking on this fight: to help solve the problems that have hurt members of my family, fellow students, teachers and vulnerable citizens across the state who are in need.”

Dave is a fifth generation Iowan and was born to a family of farmers, proud union workers and small business owners in Tama county. Degner grew up helping his family’s farm, served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 9 years and was a small business owner for 15 years.  He has also worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred and as a bulk fuel transport driver. He now works as an instructor at Hawkeye Community College in Business and Community Education, and is a full-time student studying Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.

“I grew up on a family farm and learned the value of hard work at an early age. My parents and grandparents taught me that if you work hard and study hard, you would have the same access to opportunity as anyone else,” says Degner. “I look around rural Iowa today and no longer see the same access to opportunity for our younger generation that benefited me growing up. Iowans deserve better. Supporting affordable health care for every Iowan, fully funded public education, and an economy that benefits everyone is just common sense, and that is not what we are seeing in Des Moines right now.”

Degner enjoys spending free time with his family, riding his motorcycle and volunteering at the North East Iowa Food Bank.  Dave is a member of the American Legion, and Chair of the Tama County Democrats.  

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