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Campaigns & Elections

Scott County Democrats Running for the Iowa Legislature

(left to right) Ken Croken, Monica Kurth, Cindy Winckler
(left to right) Ken Croken, Monica Kurth, Cindy Winckler

Now that the new district boundaries have been approved, Democrats in Scott County are preparing to run for the Iowa legislature next year.

Wednesday three candidates formally announced - Cindy Winckler for the state senate and Monica Kurth and Ken Croken for the Iowa House.

Currently representing House District 90, Winckler has decided to run for Senate District 49.

"When the redistricting occurred Monica Kurth and I were drawn in together and we agreed that we would work it out. So in the spirit of cooperation I am going to run for the senate seat that currently has no existing senator living in that area."

Kurth will switch from House District 89 to District 98. She thinks the legislature has seriously under-funded k-12 education.

"We need to improve the amount of pay that those schools are getting because we've seen in the last 10 or 12 years our ranking overall in states has dropped and it's very much due to a lack of funding."

Now a member of the Scott County Board, Ken Croken will run in the new Iowa House District 97. He says unemployment here is the highest of the five largest counties in the state, and higher than our neighboring counties.

"And we need to address that in Des Moines and make sure that people can live on a fair wage and not be scrambling around three part-time jobs just to keep food on the table."

Despite the new boundaries, none of them will have to put their house up for sale and move to a new district.

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