Decorah’s Rick Edwards (D) recently announced that he will run for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 55. 

The action came following an announcement by Roger Thomas of Elkader that he would step down after 16 years of serving in the Iowa House.

The District includes most of Winneshiek County, a large part of Fayette County and some of Clayton County.  Edwards is running to replace Rep. Roger Thomas who announced his retirement earlier this week.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to serve in the Iowa House," said Edwards. 

"I will work to bring good jobs to our community and protect our natural resources. I will be a strong voice for rural Iowa and do all I can to help build a strong middle class."

Edwards was Director of the Decorah Park and Recreation Department  for 19 years before retiring last year. He managed 550 acres of parks, helped launch the Food & Fitness Initiative, and led an expansion of the park system, including Trout Run Trail. He also established the first community garden six years ago and now about 35 families plant and harvest their own food in the Upper Iowa River valley gardens.

Edwards and his wife, Deb, own a small farm in Glenwood Township. Deb works for the Decorah Community School District as an associate in the nurses office.  They are members of First Lutheran Church in Decorah and have five children and three grandchildren. He is a native of Emmetsburg who attended Iowa Lakes Community College and Mankato State University.