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Let’s make 2018 a better year than 2017 for a majority of families. If improvement is to become a reality, it means that legislative changes are needed. Positive change can start with the upcoming election in Iowa House District 6. Rita De Jong is a “difference maker” type of candidate. Those who know her are supporting her because we are aware of her past and how effective she has been as an educator, a community member, and a person who understands concerns relating to mental health, education and quality of life issues.

Rita is a leader who has invested in future generations by uniting families, students and community. She accomplished this during her 34 years as an educator. Following retirement, she continued her efforts to improve the lives of many by leading the BOOST program and serving on the SHIP board. Remember, the best predictor of what a person will do in the future is to see what they achieved in the past.

Don’t just rely on my statements. Do some homework. Contact educators and community members who have worked with her on Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Home and Family Services, Ballet Sioux, the Soup Kitchen, Food Bank, Siouxland Youth for Christ and Habitat for Humanity.

Check out Rita’s contributions to her community and make a decision to cast your ballot for her.

Share your support for Rita DeJong. Let’s make it happen. - Richard Owens, Sioux City

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