In 2016 I watched Senator Bernie Sanders give a Presidential Campaign speech at Grinnell College. He inspired me to get involved in the political process. I decided to join the Democratic Party and started volunteering for the Iowa County Democrats. To help Bernie I knocked on doors, made phones calls, and Caucused for him. Fellow Bernie supporter, Jacob Tornholm, decided to run against the Republican Incumbant in our house district and asked for my help. I became his Treasurer and assisted with his campaign. We worked hard in those ten months and talked to a lot of people, but the Republican Incumbant kept his seat.
Why am I running?
My daughter is on the Autism spectrum and with public education budget shortfalls, her educational future is uncertain. My family, and other Iowa families, have few health insurance options and are stuck with spotty coverage and high deductibles. Our friends and neighbors, who are public employees, have lost the right to fight for benefits and Unions are being threatened. Uncertain agricultural markets will have impacts on our economy. Many of our roads and bridges are unsafe and are in desperate need of repair. I want Iowa to grow into the future and continue the work with renewable fuels, wind, and solar energy creation. Our state budget should be equitable. Iowans need fiscally responsible practices that benefit everyone.
Ann Egley grew up in Warrenville, Illinois. After graduating from high school, she attended the College of Dupage and earned an Associates Degree. She then continued her education at Southern Illinois University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Journalism. While at SIU she met her future husband, John and became engaged during her senior year. After graduation, Ann and John moved back to her hometown and were married. Ann has worked as a Reporter and Photographer for two newspapers and as a Substitute Teacher. In 2012, John started working in Cedar Rapids and their family moved to Iowa. Currently, Ann lives in Williamsburg with her husband John and two daughters.
House District 76 includes Grinnell, Malcom, Brooklyn, Searsboro, Montezuma, Williamsburg, Victor, East Amana, High Amana, Middle Amana