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Here in Iowa, we have been the fortunate beneficiaries of an incredibly rich natural heritage: some of the richest soils in the world, a vast array of wildlife, as well as oak savanna forests and vibrant prairies as far as the eye can see.  Our agricultural success is rooted in this legacy and generations of us have reaped economic benefits from it.  In addition to the benefits, I believe we also have a responsibility to manage and care for our resources for ourselves and future generations.

Working with and empowering people have been important parts of my life when I worked as a teacher, owned and operated a small business and as an active member in my community.  Much of that work also included promoting healthy food options and conservation practices that enhance our natural environment.  One of my greatest strengths is understanding the connections and implications of policy as it is implemented into the real world and the effects it has on peoples’ lives.  I understand the complexities we face today.  People have to be able to earn a living in order to stay in business and we have to restore and protect our soil and water in order for everyone to thrive.  The two go hand in hand.

Today, I bring that knowledge and understanding to the table as a Commissioner for the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).  As we move into 2014 and the next election season, I hope to earn your support and become Iowa’s next Secretary of Agriculture.

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