Community advocate will bring new leadership and transparency to House District 38
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 11, 2018
Contact: Heather Matson
Phone: (515) 201-1877
ANKENY – Ankeny resident Heather Matson has announced that she will run for Iowa House District 38 in the 2018 elections. Matson is a long-time policy advocate and organizer, who looks forward to continuing conversations with the district’s constituents during the campaign.
“I’m running for the Iowa House because now, more than ever, voters deserve an honest conversation about what is happening in state government and a leader who will fight for our values,” said Matson, a 41-year-old mother of twins. “We have a crisis of leadership at the Capitol and the 2017 legislative session saw my worst fears realized as D.C. style politics and hyper-partisanship became the norm and transparency went out the window. We must do better. We must put people over politics.”
As a mom with two children in the Ankeny Community School District, she is passionate about ensuring all Iowa children have access to the best education and that teachers have the resources and respect they deserve.
Matson is also focused on ensuring that all Iowans have access to quality, affordable health care, and in particular, fixing the failed Medicaid privatization system, dramatically improving access to mental health care, and protecting the rights of women to make their own reproductive health care decisions.
“I am running because we desperately need honesty from our elected leaders,” said Matson. “It’s time to get back to the basics and say what we mean on the campaign trail and in the State House. I will always be honest about my priorities and will actively seek the input of constituents to bring people together and do what is best for the residents of this district.”
Matson has spent the last 19 years working and volunteering in public policy, advocacy and development. She has always approached problem-solving by seeking to find common ground while holding true to her progressive principles, understanding that good ideas can come from anywhere if you are willing to listen and learn.
Matson and her husband, Chris, are proud parents of eight-year old twins, Emma and Henry. Chris is a family practice physician at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines.
Matson looks forward to earning the support of voters in the community.
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