By David Hotle, The JOURNAL
The Iowa House Democrats announced Wednesday that Kimberly Davis of Washington, formerly a candidate for Washington County Supervisor?s District 4, is throwing her hat into the ring to challenge incumbent Jarad Klein to represent Iowa House Distirct 78, which includes Keokuk and Washington counties.
Davis, a fourth generation Iowan, community volunteer, and realtor, said she feels District 78 is a ?wonderful place to call home? and is running to represent the community because she values the personal stories of the wonderful people who live in the district and she wants to take the time to bring those stories to Des Moines and make Iowa a better place for all.
?I believe this election is all about the people of District 78 getting the chance to be heard and truly knowing their thoughts and concerns are being considered when their representative makes decisions in Des Moines,? Davis said. ?Right now, our district is in the dark about what?s happening at the State Legislature in Des Moines because we don?t have leadership that takes the time to communicate with the district?s constituents. That?s why I am running for the Iowa Legislature, to be an advocate for the folks of Keokuk and Washington counties by having a two-sided dialogue that continues long past Election Day.?
Davis said her top priorities are to give Iowa the brighter and healthier future that she grew up in, continuing to create jobs and stimulate the economy, protect and expand health care and educational facilities. She said she plans to support the agricultural sector in its efforts to preserve natural resources for generations to come. She also plans to make positive changes by seeking the input of the people from the House district and learning from the innovations of communities in the area. Davis grew up in rural Johnson county as the daughter of small business owners with a family that takes pride in being energetic, entrepreneurial Iowans with strong Midwestern work ethic. She attended Kirkwood Community College and Portland State University and became a liensed realtor. She is married and reports she and her husband are close with many friends and the family they have in eastern Iowa. She is a volunteer and activist in the community and is involved in the Pool League of Wapello County, Organizing for Action, Indivisible and the Washington County Democrats.