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Name: Henry Stone, Republican

Office/District: State Representative District 7

Hometown: Forest City

Profession: Sales consultant

Why running for office: “I decided to run because I felt like there have been some great things done by our legislature and our governor in recent years. So, Iowa has moved ahead and moved forward. There’s some really great things done. When I was approached by the current representative to run, I was kind of honored that he would ask me to run. And so, our family, we kind of prayed on it, but I did end up telling him yes. And so I just felt that it would be a great thing to continue to do the great work that has been done by my predecessors. Iowa is our home. We have grown children who are here. We also have a 9-year-old. So we have a vested interest in what goes on in the state education-wise and then small business-wise. So I decided that I didn’t want someone else from another party trying to kind of take over and kind of thwart the great things that our representatives and senators have done before me.

“Education is huge with me. I have my master’s degree in education, and so like I said, we have a 9-year-old. So we have a vested interest in making sure that our children are taken care of and we’re supporting our families and teachers and schools — policies that provide in education where every child is kind of set up for success from the basis of reading, writing, arithmetic to knowledge and modern technologies. Those are kind of fundamental keys to having a kind of basically a thriving and prosperous future, not just for those children and those individuals, but for the entire state. Our children will grow up and we want to make sure that they’re taught well and they’re afforded every opportunity to advance and stay on top of things. Iowa already leads the nation in quite a few different areas of education, but there’s always room for improvement and we don’t want to fall back. So, that’s a big, key deal for me.

“Then, small businesses. I understand where small businesses are and our governor has done great work in removing red tape and kind of allowing small businesses to thrive. They are a staple of small rural communities all over Iowa. There are many Iowa families that have been working together over multiple generations in farming communities and advanced some policies to kind of continue to support and improve that profitability and longevity of small business is key to a successful Iowa.”

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Author: Jacob Hall