Ankeny native Chris Sherrod officially launched her run for State Representative in District 38, which includes part of Ankeny and Polk County.

“I grew up in Ankeny and would be honored to serve my hometown in the Iowa House,” said Sherrod, a Democrat who was nominated at a special convention by local leaders. “I know the struggles many in the middle class are facing today with two parents working outside the home just to make ends meet.  We need a strong voice in the Legislature for the middle class.”

Sherrod is a graduate of Ankeny High School and the University of Northern Iowa. In addition to studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, she is currently working on a Master’s from the University of Iowa School of Social Work.

“Every child in Iowa deserves the same world class education that I received when I grew up in Ankeny.  I’ll put aside politics and ideology to do what’s best for public schools and Iowa kids,” added Sherrod, who is a fifth generation Iowan.  “We also have to work together to keep higher education affordable so all students can get the training and skills they need to land a good job after school.  We need to partner with local businesses and expand job training opportunities at the DMACC Ankeny Campus.”

Sherrod is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a member of Ankeny United Church of Christ.  She has been an Americorps Volunteer, teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, and worked to empower kids who grew up in poverty.

“I have a passion for public service and will work to guarantee economic opportunity for everyone. From raising the minimum wage to pay equity to universal preschool, I’m committed to making our community and state a better place,” said Sherrod.