Rita Hart, a Democrat, is running for the U.S. House District 2 seat against Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks in the Nov. 3 election.
A former State Senator, Hart lives south of Wheatland, Iowa, in Clinton County in eastern Iowa. She explained why she decided to run for the U.S. House seat.
“This is a seat that’s not only important, but it also fits my background in agriculture, teaching in small schools and working on rural economic development opportunities. I’m a farm girl and I’ve been on a farm my whole life. I taught 7-12 grades for over 20 years in small rural schools. I also served in the State Senate in a senate district that’s a lot like the Second Congressional District. I’m interested in listening to people across the District and helping to make their lives better,” Hart said.
The only elected position Hart has held is when she served in the State Senate from 2012-18. During this time she served Senate District 49, which includes Clinton County and part of Scott County. She also ran for Lt. governor on the Democratic ticket with governor candidate Fred Hubbell in 2018 and lost.
Hart said that three main issues that are central to her campaign are education, health care and economic development. She was also asked to give her take on what should be done about the following issues: education, health care, the economy and jobs, and agriculture.
Education: Hart spent 20 years as a teacher in small rural school districts in eastern Iowa. She taught junior high and high school English and, after leaving the classroom, she ran school-to-work and gifted and talented programs. She wants the following for education:
• To invest in job training, apprenticeship, continuing education, and public-private partnership programs to provide the next generation with the skills they need for good jobs with livable wages and good benefits.
• Reduce student college debt by allowing people to renegotiate their loans to get lower interest rates-just like she said the big banks get every day.
• Work with educators, instead of politicians who have never been teachers in a classroom, to develop assessments instead of relying on high-stakes, standardized testing.
• Make early childhood education available to every child and affordable for every family. “The research is clear-kids who receive a pre-school education have more successful, safer, and healthier lives,” Hart said.
Read the October 27, 2020 edition of the Chariton Leader/Herald-Patriot for the rest of the story.