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Degner seeks Democratic nomination for Iowa Senate

August 30, 2019
The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Dave Degner, a life long Tama County native, instructor at Hawkeye Community College, veteran, and former small business owner, is entering the Democratic race for the nomination for Iowa Senate District 36.

He currently serves as chair of the Tama County Democratic Party.

The seat is now held by State Senator Jeff Edler (R-State Center.)

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Dave Degner

Senate District 36 includes all of Tama and Marshall counties, and part of Black Hawk County.

According to his campaign announcement, Degner is running for the Iowa Senate in 2020 "to create more opportunities for the people in Tama, Marshall and Black Hawk counties."

"I will work hard to create good jobs in our communities, to improve public safety, to fight for, and protect vulnerable citizens who rely on Medicaid, and to create more opportunities for small businesses and family farmers," Degner said.

Degner said he supports: making tuition affordable at our community colleges so workers can get the training they need for 21st century jobs, expanding access to affordable health for all Iowans, especially working families and fixing the Medicaid crisis facing Iowans with disabilities; increasing the state's investment in public K12 schools, especially in small towns and rural areas; increasing the production of renewable energy, which results in creating jobs in Iowa that won't be exported to another state or country; ceating a better system to help victims of tornados, floods and other natural disasters get back on their feet; raising the minimum wage and expanding the rights of Iowa workers.

He added: "I am running to provide new leadership to the people in Marshall, Tama and Black Hawk counties that focuses on the real problems facing working families, veterans, seniors and other neighbors and friends living in Senate District 36. It's time we had someone representing this district who is willing to work for them, not special interests or big donors."

A graduate of North Tama High School, Degner grew up on and worked on his family's farm, he has been an owner-operator in the trucking industry and a production tech for Pioneer Hybrid in Reinbeck. He is currently a Business and Continuing Education instructor at Hawkeye Community College and a student at the University of Northern Iowa studying Political Science and International Relations.

"I want to serve the people of Tama, Marshall and Black Hawk counties because that's where my parents and grandparents worked hard to raise their families," Degner said. "My parents and grandparents were farmers, UAW members at John Deere, workers at Rath Packing, over-the-road truckers, and counselors at the mental health institute in Independence. I was raised by hard-working, blue collar Iowans and I am proud of that."

A community activist, Degner has been a regular volunteer with the Northeast Iowa Food Bank and has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for nine years.

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