Our 2016 Democratic Candidates
Peggy Rolph – Candidate for Monona County Auditor
Peggy was born and raised in Onawa, the daughter of the late Marvin and Joyce Murray. She is an active member of the community, serving as a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, past assistant 4-H leader and was chosen as 4-H leader of the year in 2006. She has also coached local youth sports teams.
After working at Casino Omaha for 17 years, Peggy returned to school in 2010 at Western Iowa Tech Community College and received her Associates Degree in Accounting, graduating in 2012. While attending Western Iowa Tech she was the president of the Accounting Club for two years and a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member.
Peggy is currently a clerk in the Monona County Auditor’s office, working closely with Marilyn Kelley, the current Monona County Auditor.
Peggy is married to Jeff Rolph of Onawa, and has four children and five grandchildren.
Visit Peggy’s Facebook Page.
Dave Poole – Candidate for Monona County Supervisor
Dave Poole, a lifelong resident of Monona County, is seeking the seat of Supervisor of District 1. He lives in Turin with his wife, Sharon, where they raised their two sons. He attended Western Iowa Tech Community College where he earned an Associate degree in Farm and Business Management.
Employed by Monona County Road Department for 32 years, 21 years as Road Foreman, Dave was also the Monona County Integrated Roadside Manager and County Weed Commissioner.
A veteran of the Vietnam War, he is a member of the Grimsley Thayer post 502 of Castana.
Dave has been involved in the community as the mayor of Turin, as a board member of Food 4 You, and he is a member of Pheasants Forever. Dave is a past board member of Monona County Community Partners.
Through the years, Dave has developed strong relationships with many residents of Monona County and is eager to serve its citizens. He’s a firm believer in having an open door policy and knows we need to keep expenses down while working for economic development for our area.
Jeff Pratt – Candidate for Monona County Sheriff
Monona County’s Sheriff since 2001, Jeff is running for re-election in 2016.
Residing in Onawa with his wife and children, Sheriff Pratt was named the Iowa American Legion’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 2012.
Jeff looks forward to continued service to the citizens of Monona County.
Jan Creasman – Candidate for Iowa State Representative for House District 17
Jan is a lifelong resident of Western Iowa with 40 years of experience advocating and serving those in need. As a social worker, Jan has spent her life working with the people that most need government services. Her experience has spanned adult and child protective services; health care; adult, child and family services; substance abuse; mental health; and homelessness.
Jan has been superintendent of Food and Nutrition at the Harrison County Fair for several years. She’s served as secretary of the Harrison County Democratic Central Committee for many years and is an activist with the Democratic Party. Jan has been a volunteer supervisor for 19 years with the Nebraska AIDS Project. She has been a longtime member and is chairperson of the Harrison Town and Country Arts. She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the National Association of Social Workers. She has served as a member of the West Harrison School Board. She has been involved with the Department of Public Education in curriculum resources for sexual education.
Jan’s undergraduate degree was from Westmar College in Le Mars, where she graduated with a teaching certification and majored in history and French. Her master’s degree in social work is from the University of Iowa.
Jan and her family are members of the Mondamin United Methodist Church, where she has served as a lay speaker. She has served on the Board of Church and Society at the state and district level for many years.
You can visit Jan’s website at creasmanforhouse.org.
Kim Weaver – Candidate For U.S. Representative District 4
Kim Weaver is running for Congress in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District and has a proven track record of advocating for Iowans in the District.
She was born in Des Moines, graduated from Roosevelt High School and obtained her Bachelors in Communications from Iowa State University. After college she married and later moved to Sheldon where she raised her three children and built her career. In 2003 Kim and her husband separated, but she remained in Sheldon with her three children. During this time, she came to truly appreciate the concern and sense of community she found in her small town. She appreciates the value of community and the belief in hard work that Iowans hold dear and is dedicated to taking those values to Congress.
Kim started her career at Village Northwest in Sheldon, which is a wonderful organization that strives to provide purpose, privacy, and dignity to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a direct care provider, she was fortunate that she could work nights and weekends, so her small children would be home with either their mom or dad.
In 1996 she accepted a position as a Targeted Medicaid Case Manager with the Department of Human Services. During her ten years in that position, she helped to ensure that individuals with serious mental health concerns received appropriate care and that young children with disabilities were able to remain in their family home.
In 2007 she began working for the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman as an advocate for seniors in nursing homes, assisted living programs, and residential care facilities. She oversees a large territory that includes fifteen counties and 124 care providers in Northwest Iowa. Every day she works to protect the health, safety, and rights of individuals residing in long-term care facilities, advocating for what they want and giving a voice to the seniors and their families. Kim’s work has only strengthened her belief that we need to protect Social Security, expand Medicare, and make seniors a priority.
You can visit her campaign website at http://www.weaverforcongress.com/
Patty Judge – Candidate for U. S. Senator
Patty was first elected to the Iowa State Senate in 1992, where she represented southern Iowa and served as the ranking member on the Senate Agriculture Committee. During her two terms in the Iowa Senate, Patty worked to build consensus on important legislation to create new opportunities for the state.
In 1998, Patty became the first and only woman to be elected Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture. During her eight years in this position, she worked tirelessly to promote renewable fuels and support Iowa’s ethanol and biodiesel industries. Today, renewable energy has become an integral part of Iowa’s economy – creating new jobs and reducing our reliance on foreign oil and fossil fuels.
Patty was elected Lieutenant Governor of Iowa in 2006, serving in that position for four years. During her term in office she served as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor. In this role, she was instrumental in coordinating critical response operations during the floods of 2008 and nine other Presidentially declared disasters. Following the floods of 2008, Patty served as the first director of the Rebuild Iowa Office as it worked to rebuild homes and businesses on the way to recovery in flood affected communities.
Patty and her family have owned a cow/calf farm in Monroe County for over 40 years. In addition to the farming operation, Patty is also a former Registered Nurse, and has many years of experience in the health care field, including public health. Patty has also owned and operated her own small business, selling and appraising real estate. During the farm crisis of the 1980s, she worked as a mediator with hundreds of farm families and creditors across the state to find solutions to financial troubles.
A lifelong Iowan, Patty Judge has been dedicated to community service, serving on the Albia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, as a 4-H leader, a member of PEO, an honorary FFA Chapter farmer, and a member of the Iowa State Fair Board. She is married to John Judge and has three adult sons and three grandchildren, all of whom still call Iowa home.
Visit Patty’s website at http://www.pattyjudgeforiowa.com/
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