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Dennis Boedeker
Dennis Boedeker

LAKE MACBRIDE— I received the second of three press releases from candidates announcing campaigns for state representative in House District 73, so it’s time for an update.

I don’t intend to favor any house candidate going into the June 3 primary, and if my word counts about any one or the other aren’t equal, it means very little, if anything.

David Johnson held his kickoff event on July 2, 2013, so he has been well covered in the media. Des Moines Dem did a full writeup of Johnson on Bleeding Heartland.

Until yesterday, Johnson was the only candidate to formally announce. Dennis Boedeker’s press release came via the Iowa House Democrats listserv, and it is posted below. I didn’t know his resume when I recently met him, but he seemed a lot like me. Notably, we both served on the board of health in our respective counties.

Even though I am a Democrat, the closest political relationship I have with any of the three candidates who filed nominating papers is with the Republican incumbent, Bobby Kaufmann. I have been an active advocate in the legislature since we moved to Big Grove Township in 1993. Because of my social engagement, there are a number of things I follow and/or need help with in the legislature. Whoever is my representative, it is important to develop a relationship with him or her. I became comfortable emailing, texting or picking up the phone to call Rep. Kaufmann. He has been reasonably supportive of my efforts, and hasn’t formally announced for re-election.

I will vote in the Democratic primary on June 3, where there are two additional races of interest. I declared my support for incumbent County Attorney Janet Lyness over challenger John Zimmerman. I also declared my preference for incumbent County Supervisor Janelle Rettig, and long-time environmental activist Mike Carberry, over Lisa Green-Douglass and Diane Dunlap in the election to select two supervisor candidates. Neither Green-Douglass nor Dunlap have been active in the same circles as me.

Here is Boedeker’s press release:

Friday, April 4, 2014
Veteran, Farmer Dennis Boedeker announces bid for state representative

Cedar County– Farmer and veteran Dennis Boedeker of Cedar County officially announced his run for State Representative today.  Boedeker, a former Cedar County Supervisor, is running in House District 73, which covers all of Cedar County, part of Johnson County, and the city of Wilton.
“I was born and raised in Cedar County and have lived here my entire life. I’m extremely proud of our communities and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in the Iowa House,” said Boedeker, a Democrat.  “As a farmer who still runs the small family farm where I grew up, I understand how important agriculture is to our economy.  I’ll be a strong, experienced voice for rural Iowa and the middle class.”
In addition to farming, Boedeker served on the Cedar County Board of Supervisors for 12 years and before that worked for the Cedar County Roads Department.  He also served in the US Air Force during Vietnam.
“There is no issue more important in the Legislature than education and there is more we must  do to keep our rural schools strong,” said Boedeker, who serves on the Cedar/Jones Early Childhood Iowa Board.  “We need to expand early childhood education so every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and make sure the state keeps its commitment to our schools and children.”
Boedeker is a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ and served four years on the church council, including one year as president. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 40 years and they have two grown sons and seven grandchildren.
Boedeker has been involved with a host of community organizations, including the Cedar County Board of Health, 7th Judicial District, Eastern Iowa Regional Utility Service Systems, and Cedar County Veteran’s Affairs.