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Name: Joshua Dyer, Republican

Office/District: State Senate District 24

Hometown: Jefferson

Profession: Teacher

Why running for office: “Honestly it has to do with it puts me in position to make a pretty big difference in the lives of Iowans. I grew up in rural Iowa and I want to continue to fight for rural Iowa — fighting for rural Iowa healthcare and keeping those rural clinics and hospitals here. My wife and I just moved to Jefferson and one of the big things come to find out is Jefferson’s hospital doesn’t even allow for childbirth. Stuff like that, you know, it hits home. I want to be a part of making a difference for people. It’s the same reason I went into education. I probably would be fighting for education too while I was down there. I feel like there’s got to be a young, conservative voice down in Des Moines and I can provide that.

“Definitely I would be with the Republican caucus fighting to try and limit abortion as much as possible in the state of Iowa and fighting to get an amendment into the Iowa Constitution protecting gun ownership. I think that was kind of an oversight when the constitution was written, not including that.”

Facebook page: Dyer for Iowa Senate

Dyer is one of four Republicans running for the seat. The district is currently represented by Republican Sen. Jerry Behn, but he is retiring from the legislature.

Author: Jacob Hall