AMES-Ames City Council member and lifelong Iowan Jeremy Davis will officially announce his candidacy Tuesday for the Senate District 23 seat, which is currently held by liberal Herman Quirmbach. The three-term Democrat senator was often mired in controversy during the 2013 legislative session.
“Iowans deserve better from our state senate,” Davis said. “The people of Iowa need strong, positive, and effective leadership in the Iowa Senate that focuses on common-sense principles.”
Davis says he supports policies that will increase job opportunities for Iowans, a strong private sector, and a limited government that is responsive to its citizens.
“As a member of the Iowa Senate, I pledge to work with the citizens of our senate district to make Iowa the best place to live, work, receive a great education and raise a family,” Davis said.
Jeremy Davis grew up on an Iowa farm. He attended Iowa State University, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Agriculture Education. Davis also collected a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies-Higher Education. Davis is pursuing a doctoral degree in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Davis is currently employed by the U.S. House of Representatives as a district representative. He has also worked as an executive officer for the Iowa College Student Aid Commission and served as the agency’s legislative liaison to various congressional offices and federal departments. Davis has also served on the Ames City Council since 2010 and recently completed a two-year term on the Ames Economic Development Commission board of directors. He previously worked at Iowa State University as an enrollment services advisor.
Davis continues to be involved with a number of community activities and is an avid Iowa State Cyclone fan. Davis is also currently serving as the International 2nd Vice President of the Acacia International Fraternity. Through that role, he provides leadership and guidance to the fraternity’s staff members through the establishment of sound fiscal and operational policies.
“As Iowans, we are fortunate to have access to a wide variety of resources. Yet more can be done to effectively utilize our valuable taxpayer resources. To truly shine we need to become more efficient in our processes by deploying the most innovative solutions that better serve taxpayer needs. If you believe the leadership in the Iowa legislature can and should be doing better, then I promise you I will work diligently to make that vision a reality when we all work together to achieve that common goal,” Davis stated.
Herman Quirmbach is currently serving his third term in the Iowa Senate. He is the chairman of the senate Education Committee, and drew derision from Republicans this year for a variety of reasons. Quirmbach repeatedly demanded that House Republicans approve a four percent allowable growth increase in the education budget. They agreed to Quirmbach’s terms, on the condition that the Democrat-led state senate approved education reform initiatives. Quirmbach immediately reneged on his initial offer.
Senator Quirmbach also made headlines for belittling freshman Republican Senator Amy Sinclair during a floor debate. Republican senators, coming to Sinclair’s defense, scolded Quirmbach for his actions. Eventually, Quirmbach, accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, apologized to Sinclair.
Senate District 23, covering Ames and surrounding communities, is left-leaning, but not insurmountable for a strong Republican candidate. There are 14,478 registered Democrats, 11,053 register Republicans and 17,626 independents.
You can view Davis’ campaign website here.
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