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SIOUX CITY | Retired Sioux City firefighter and U.S. Army veteran Tim Kacena is running for state representative in District 14, which covers the western and northern parts of Sioux City.

Kacena, who is running as a Democrat, said his main areas of focus will include prioritizing public schools, raising the minimum wage, keeping training at Western Iowa Tech Community College affordable and expanding oversight of Gov. Terry Branstad’s plan to privatize Medicaid. 

“I’ve spent my life protecting the people of Sioux City on the fire department, and I’m now ready to serve my community in another way,” Kacena said in a news release.  “In the Iowa House, I’ll work to strengthen working families, rebuild our middle class, and make sure every child in Iowa has the opportunity to be successful after school.”

Kacena grew up in Sioux City, where he attended Emerson Elementary, West Junior High and Bishop Heelan High School. He and his wife, Susan, have two grown children and two granddaughters.

Kacena spent 33 years on the Sioux City Fire Department and retired as a lieutenant. He served as both president and vice president while a member of the Sioux City Iowa Association of Fire Fighters Union, Local 7. He also served three years in the U.S. Army stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. 

Kacena is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer in Woodbury County. He helped bring the Make a Wish Foundation to Iowa and helped found the St. Florian Fire and Burn Foundation, which works to reduce burn injuries and assist burn survivors.

He has been a volunteer at River-Cade and served on the board of directors for the United Way and Salvation Army.  

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