Kayla Koether (Photo by Parker Deen)
Kayla Koether (Photo by Parker Deen)
Democrat Kayla Koether of Decorah will oppose incumbent Mike Bergan, a Republican from Dorchester, for his Iowa House District 55 seat.
Koether is a member of a fifth-generation Northeast Iowa farm family and said she is a champion of rural communities.
“I am running for the Iowa Legislature because it is time to create a vision for our future together,” Koether said.
“It is time that we revitalize our rural farm economy, rebuild our main streets and bring the next generation home to do it. It is time that young people know that we are making a place for them in the fabric of our communities.
“Northeast Iowa is exceptionally well-suited for growing entrepreneurship and revitalization both in our towns and on the farm. We must retain our traditional strengths, build on them and move confidently into the future. I have proven experience engaging with people—to plan and succeed in shared goals,” she said.
Koether grew up on the Koether family farm near McGregor, where she worked livestock and became immersed in farm operations. Koether graduated from Iowa’s Grinnell College in international agriculture and rural development.
Dedicated to staying in Iowa, Koether worked as AmeriCorps educator for Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative teaching children in Clayton County schools where food comes from and how to live healthier lives.
Afterwards she took a position in program management for Winneshiek Energy District that helped homeowners, small businesses and farmers save money through energy efficiency and invest in renewable energy.
Koether currently is a specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach providing technical assistance to businesses and beginning farmers on best practices, sustainability, production, marketing and innovation.
For more information, visit kaylaforiowa.com; contact kayla@kaylaforiowa.com; or write Kayla for Iowa, PO Box 525, Decorah, IA 52101.