Sioux City, Iowa — Rita DeJong, community leader, mother of two, and former educator from Sioux City, announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 6th House District which includes Sioux City, Sergeant Bluff, Bronson, and Salix.
“I’ve made the decision to run for the State House because it’s time for Iowa to get back to the basics. That means good jobs, good schools, safe communities and affordable and accessible health care,” said DeJong. “I’ve lived and worked in Northwest Iowa my whole life, investing in future generations by uniting families, students, and our community. It’s time politicians at the State Capitol unite behind improving our state instead of catering to the special interests. As an experienced educator and leader in Sioux City, I’ve spent my life working for the people in Woodbury County. I’m ready to bring that same sense of commitment and compromise to Des Moines.”
Rita was with the Sioux City Community School District for 34 years, first as a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher for 11 years and then later in a larger leadership role with the community as a Principal of Sioux City Community School District for 21 years. Rita was recognized as the 1994 Principal of the Year by School Administrators of Iowa. After her retirement from Sioux City Schools, Rita continued to improve the lives of younger generations with her work at BOOST (Bridging and Overcoming Obstacles through Service and Training) and SHIP (Siouxland Human Investment Partnership) serving Woodbury and Dakota counties.
“Our community and our state face difficult challenges but if we work together, I believe we can accomplish great things and get our state moving in the right direction again. I’ll listen to and be a strong voice for the people of Woodbury County,” said DeJong.
Rita and her husband, Dan are the parents of two children, Maria and Lewis. Dan was also a long-time educator and coach; he and Rita share a love of teaching.
Over the last 50 years, Rita has been a volunteer and active member of the Siouxland community. She served as a president of Sertoma and the Junior League of Sioux City and aided the Sioux Gateway Airport as a trustee. In addition, Rita serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girl’s Home and Family Services, and Ballet Sioux. She also volunteers with the Soup Kitchen, Foodbank of Siouxland, Siouxland Youth for Christ, and Habitat for Humanity. Rita was distinguished as Sertoman of the Year and a Woman of Excellence in the category of Women Helping Women.
More information about Rita and her campaign can be found at www.RitaForIowa.com.