Spillville Mayor Michael T. Klimesh is running for the Iowa House District 55 seat.

Klimesh, a Republican, said he wants to make a difference for the citizens of District 55 and throughout the state.

Iowa House District 55 was recently redrawn based on population as part of the state's redistricting following the 2010 census. Cities located in District 55 include: Calmar, Castalia, Clermont, Decorah, Elgin, Elkader, Fayette, Fort Atkinson, Hawkeye, Jackson Junction, Ossian, St. Lucas, Spillville, Wadena, Waucoma and West Union. House members serve two-year terms.

State Rep. Roger Thomas, an Elkader Democrat, announced in December he would seek re-election in the new District 55. State Rep. Andrew Wenthe (D) of Hawkeye has decided not to run for another term.

Realistic solutions

Klimesh said his campaign platform offers realistic solutions to help get Iowa's workforce and economy "back on track." As the general manager of Graphics Inc. in Calmar, Klimesh said he knows how to work with people toward a common goal and how to set those goals to make real progress.

As mayor of Spillville, he has spearheaded several major projects and improvements, while working to maintain the quality of life that makes living in the small town attractive.

"I know how to make things happen, and happen within a budget that doesn't strap or overextend those I'm sworn to represent," he said.

Klimesh said he is ready to put his skills to work in the Iowa House.

"I'm not looking to push any pet projects, I'm not looking to get into the House of Representatives for my own benefit. I'm running because I feel that if you don't like the way things are going, you have to work to change them.

"I can't say I'm happy with the progress of our legislators since they were elected in 2010. There are viable solutions we can put into place. All I am asking for is the opportunity to try to make a difference for all of us."

For more information regarding Klimesh's campaign, call (563) 380-4224.