Retired teacher supports small-town, southern Iowan

To the editor:

I’m supporting Mary Stewart for Iowa District 41 seat and I hope you will too. She is truly a listener and works hard to put her hand out and help people. I am a retired elementary teacher having worked for many years in an at-risk school where children and families came with many needs. I’m certain that Mary will support fully funding public education in southern Iowa and many of the needed programs that will help teachers, counselors, nurses and support staff provide quality education for every student.

Mary came out of retirement to run for this office. She is well suited with the experience she has had with nearly 30 years working at Indian Hills Community College. I met her about 18 months ago in the beginning of her campaign. She has a phenomenal amount of energy and stamina, visiting, talking and listening to people in small towns and attending events all over the district. This is her first run at a public office. She’s a small town girl, born and raised in southern Iowa.

I’m campaigning for Mary because she is honest, hard-working and understands the problems people are faced with because she lived some of them. She will be open to listening and answering questions at public forums and in one on one conversations. She’s a people person that I’ve grown to admire and support. I’ve already cast my vote for Mary Stewart and I invite you to do the same on or before November 6th.

-Cindy Rupe