The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

March 13, 2014

Hart to seek re-election


The Clinton Herald

---- — WHEATLAND – Iowa Sen. Rita Hart will seek re-election this fall.

The one-term Democrat serves in district 49, which covers Clinton County as well as northern and eastern Scott County.

“I’m running for re-election to follow through on commitments we made to Iowans during my first two years as a state senator,” Hart said. “We passed several good pieces of legislation that are now being implemented in our schools, on our Main streets and throughout our communities. Now we must make sure these programs are having the results that we expected and hoped they would.”

Board of Supervisor Brian Schmidt, a Republican, recently announced he would run for the Iowa Senate seat.

Hart said she believes Iowa has made a lot of progress in the past few years during her term.

“Now we’ve got to monitor this new legislation to make sure it’s working. I’ve done this by getting feedback from local teachers, business owners, workers and students at public forums and listening posts all over district 49,” Hart said. “We reached out to eastern Iowans not only to gather input on how our programs are working, but also on how they can be improved. I believe this discussion between citizen and legislature is vital to the future success of our state. I will continue to listen to the needs of eastern Iowans if I’m fortunate enough to be sent back to the Iowa Senate for another term.”

Hart was a teacher for more than 20 years before she ran for the Iowa Senate. In the Senate, Hart serves on the Education, Economic Growth, Agriculture, Local Government and Veterans Affairs committees. Hart also is the vice chairwoman of the Economic Development Appropriations subcommittee.

Hart was first elected to the State Senate from district 49 in 2012. Normally, Iowa Senators are elected to four-year terms; however, Hart must stand for re-election in 2014 because district 49 is scheduled to be on the ballot in mid-term elections. It was on the ballot in 2012 due to re-districting, which caused district 49 to be an open seat without any incumbent Senator.