Ben Westphal of rural Marshall County has announced that he will run for the Democratic nomination State Representative in District 72, which covers Tama County and part of Marshall County. Westphal works at the Iowa Veterans Home and grew up in Marshall County.
"I'm running for the Iowa House to grow Iowa's middle class and make sure every child in Iowa has the opportunity to be successful," said Westphal, a Democrat. "Growing up in a military family and now working at the Iowa Veterans Home, I know there is more we can do to honor the service of our veterans and help military families who have sacrificed so much for our country."
Westphal graduated from West Marshall High School and attended Marshalltown Community College. His dad was in the US Army and Army Reserves for 30 years. He is an AFSCME member at the Iowa Veterans Home.
Seeking Democratic nomination for
State Representative District 72
"We can't afford to leave any child behind and that's why I'll work tirelessly for strong public schools and guaranteeing that kids who come from troubled homes can get the support they need to succeed," said Westphal. "I will also work to make sure that rural Iowa gets our share of state resources for local schools and job creation initiatives."
Westphal and his wife, Jennifer, live just outside of LeGrand on the Tama County/Marshall County border. Jennifer also works at the Iowa Veterans Home. They are members of St. Mary's Catholic Church and they have three grown children and two grandchildren.
"I look forward to meeting the people of District 72 and listening to their ideas and concerns. I can promise that I will work hard and always do what's best for our community," added Westphal. -Submitted