Ruth Lapointe, 24, was born and raised in Mason City, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Philosophy. She has previously served as a Field Organizer on the Bruce Braley campaign, the Campaign Director for “Iowfffffa Pays the Price,” and is currently a Clerk in the Iowa House of Representatives. Ruth has an interest in seeing more young people elected to higher office, and hopes to someday become an elected official.
“I met Scott and grew great respect for him while working as a field organizer for Bruce Braley. In an incredibly challenging job environment, Scott excelled, and was one of the best organizers in the state. My respect for him only grew when we worked together as clerks in the Iowa House of Representatives. While working in the Capitol, Scott showed an appreciation for policy, a passion for the work he was doing, and unmatched professionalism. I am confident he is more than qualified to represent District 20, and I am devoted to ensuring he gets elected.”
Guthrie County- Campaign Chair
“My family lives in Panora and I have two active children that attend Panorama Elementary. I have worked for Heartland AEA 11 since 2005 as a school social worker and am a consultant for 6 school districts in Dallas County on the Challenging Behavior and Autism Team. I have been an adjunct professor at University of Iowa Master’s of Social Work Program in Des Moines and sit on the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors in Washington, DC.
“One of the main reasons I’m supporting Scott Heldt for Iowa District 20 is that he actively listens to his potential constituents. I first met Scott while I was volunteering at the Guthrie County Democrat booth at the Guthrie County Fair last summer. He asked questions and was genuinely interested in issues that were important to me and affect the children and families I serve. I have called and emailed my current representatives several times and have never heard a response. I am confident that if Scott Heldt is elected to Iowa District 20 that he will respond and listen to all of his constituents.
“He cares deeply about education from early childhood to post secondary. Scott understands that a good quality education can be the equalizer no matter race, gender, or socio economic status. In order for that to happen we have to agree as a state that we still value education, our educators, and our students by funding current text books, investing in technology, and classroom supplies that are currently funded out of teachers’ own pockets or donations from families.
“We know that research shows the earlier we intervene with our students with disabilities the more independent they can become and less resources will be necessary when they are adults; however, at this time most school districts special education budgets are running in the red.”
Adair County- Campaign Chair
Susie Olesen grew up in Conrad, Iowa, where she graduated from Beaman-Conrad-Liscomb High School. She is old enough to have played guard on the B-C basketball team, the kind that stayed on one-half of the court. She received her BA and MA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. She and her husband, Willard Olesen, moved to Greenfield in 1975 where he has practiced law since, serving a long stint as the Adair County Attorney. They have two grown children – Kathryn Olesen Panek and her husband Jeff in Johnston. Andrew and his wife Janet Klein Olesen in Hiawatha. Willard and Susie are the proud grandparents of four perfect grandchildren -Joseph, Jack, Abigail, and Eleanor. Susie has spent her professional life in education – as a teacher, a school administrator, and a school improvement consultant
“I support Scott Heldt for the Iowa House. The future of Iowa is his future. His youth, energy, and brilliance are just what our state needs. Our children have stayed in Iowa and are raising their children here. Willard and I want Iowa to fulfill its promise to them as it has to us. But unless we adequately fund schools and other important public services, that won’t happen. Scott has a vision for the future – a vision focused on excellent Iowa schools, affordable and accessible health care, a vibrant and robust economy, communities that provide good public services and recreation – an Iowa where people want to live. Scott understands that an efficient and effective state government contributes to the quality of life we have in Iowa. Scott wants to help frame the future. I can’t think of anyone better to do that.”
Kurt Meyer lives in rural Mitchell County, Iowa, the sixth generation of his family to do so. He is active in his community and in various fields of interest, serving as a board member of the Mitchell County Environmental Education Foundation, the Mitchell County Historical Preservation Association, Humanities Iowa, the Iowa Barn Foundation, Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum (Decorah, IA), Americans for Democratic Action (Washington DC), and Bethany College (Lindsborg, KS).
Since the 1970s, Kurt has been active in politics, having been a candidate for public office, a campaign manager and field organizer for political candidates, and chair of several county and regional political organizations. He is quoted extensively regarding Iowa politics in the national media, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio; in June, 2015, he was a guest on The Rachel Maddow Show. In July, 2015, he was inducted into the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame.
“My friend, Scott Heldt, is an exceptional legislative candidate and I support him wholeheartedly. Scott is smart, focused, and hardworking. He connects with people quickly and easily and he listens attentively. Scott’s values are familiar Iowa values and his priorities are our Iowa priorities. There is no doubt in my mind: Scott Heldt will be an extraordinary legislator. I’m committed to doing what I can to help elect him and ask you to do the same.”