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Lucky to have Stutsman

Those of us who live in the newly constituted 77th House District are lucky to have Sally Stutsman as a candidate for this position. (Areas included in this new district include the towns of Lone Tree, North Liberty, Oxford, Swisher, Shueyville, and Tiffin, as well as a number of the townships in southern and western Johnson County.)

Stutsman comes to serve this new district with 17 years of experience on the Johnson County Board of Supervisors, to which she has been elected for five-consecutive terms, beginning in 1995. Her practical knowledge of how government works and how budgets are managed will be an outstanding asset in the Statehouse. She is noted for her fairness and careful consideration of all sides of a question. Stutsman is immersed in both rural and urban issues. She and her husband live in rural Johnson County, where they have owned and operated a farm for 40 years. With her sociology background, she has worked for the Department of Human Services in various capacities, including as coordinator of the Volunteer Action Center, and she has served on a variety of boards of directors (e.g., Elder Services, the Johnson County Housing Trust Fund, and MECCA, to name just a few). She also serves the Iowa State University Council for Agriculture Research Extension as a citizen representative.

Because this is a district with new boundaries, there is no incumbent. Stutsman, though, would have the experience of an incumbent: She would be a hard-working, diligent, and thoughtful member of the Iowa House, representing all of us with her diversity of knowledge and experience. I can’t imagine a candidate more prepared for the job.

Caryl Lyons
North Liberty resident

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