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Name: Joseph Norris, Democrat

Office/District: State Senate District 12

Hometown: Red Oak

Profession: Small businessman

Why running for office: “I just kind of feel like I need to. The state of Iowa politics is moving in a direction that I think is unacceptable. I live in one of the most rural parts of the state and a lot of the policies that we’re doing are not good for rural Iowa. So, I feel like I can be a competent voice for rural Iowa.

“One of my top priorities is broadband, specifically fiberoptic — getting rural America connected.”

Website: Norris for Iowa

Facebook: Norris for Iowa