Spencer, Iowa–Arts on Grand executive director, lifelong Iowan, and community volunteer Ryan Odor announced his intent to run for Iowa House District 2 today. The district includes Palo Alto county, Clay county, and parts of Dickinson county.
“I’m running for State Representative because our district is tired of irresponsible budgets. I’m hearing from people in the 2nd district that they’re tired of being mislead by politicians in Des Moines. People are sick of being told one thing and then watching our elected officials vote for the opposite when they go to Des Moines,“ says Odor. “This is a nonpartisan issue, I’m hearing this from both sides of the aisle. I am running to represent the people of northwest Iowa because I will listen and learn from them and vote for what is best for House District 2. Politics needs a breath of fresh air.”
Odor grew up in Spencer, attended Iowa Lakes Community College, and started a career in hospitality. He moved back to Spencer almost a decade ago to immerse himself in his community. Odor is now the executive director of Arts of Grand, an art gallery and Cultural Leadership Partner affiliated with the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs in Spencer, where he devotes his time leading the promotion of arts and culture in northwest Iowa. Previously, Ryan was the Clay County Heritage director.
“Now is time for a change in Des Moines. I will work to find common ground at the State House and get support from both sides. I’ve spent my life in northwest Iowa working and volunteering side-by-side with Democrats and Republicans alike and we’ve been able to have civil dialogue and find compromise, that’s what politics needs right now,” says Odor. “I will advocate for issues that unite us like balancing the budget, creating jobs with good benefits, solving our health care mess, and prioritizing education again.”
Ryan’s wife Beth is the Sunshine/Hope Haven Associate Religious Coordinator and pastor at the Langdon United Methodist Church. Ryan’s stepson and Beth’s son, Darrian who is a senior at Spencer High School. Ryan is active in his community as a member of the Rotary Club, Spencer Community Theater, Young Professionals, Langdon United Methodist a Church, and treasurer for Clay County Democrats.
More information about Ryan can be found at www.odorforiowahouse.com