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March 21, 2014

Democrat Suhr seeks House seat

Knoxville’s Megan Suhr is seeking the Democratic nomination for Iowa House District 28.

Suhr ran for the same seat in 2012. She did not intend to try again, but she says she was contacted by many people in the district, asking her to run. Prior to her decision to run, there was no Democrat involved.

Suhr believes the incumbent, Greg Heartsill, is a Tea Party extremist. According to Suhr, he has shown that he is willing to shut down the state government to have his “demands” met. One particular area of concern for Suhr is women’s health care.

Suhr has worked in women’s health issues for 20 years. She differs from Heartsill on health care issues.

Further, she added that if women’s health care is such an important topic to the district, maybe a woman should be casting the votes regarding those issues at the state level.

A piece of legislation Heartsill supported last year would have forced women, who were over 22 weeks pregnant and on Medicaid, to ask the governor’s permission before getting an abortion. Without calling the governor, this procedure may not have been covered by taxpayer-funded Medicaid.

Women’s issues are not the only reason she is seeking the seat, nor does she believe it is her only qualification. Suhr is skilled in business issues and is willing to work for the community. Education is another significant priority for Suhr. She expressed her disappointment with House Republicans’ failure to follow the Iowa Code and set the Supplementary State Aid level for public schools within the specified timetable. Among those who asked her to run are several teachers and administrators.

“I’m there for them,” Suhr said.

Suhr adds that she would not have a problem with Heartsill if he was a typical conservative. She believes he represents the most extreme aspects of conservatism and the Republican party.

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