DaveGrussing Army veteran and Armstrong native, Dave Grussing, announced he will run for State Representative in House District 7, which includes Emmet County, Winnebago County, and part of Kossuth County including Algona.

“As a veteran of the U.S. Army and former police officer, I’m excited about this opportunity to serve my state and country again,” said Grussing, who is a lifetime member of the VFW. “As a State Representative, I’ll listen to the people of District 7 and do what’s best for our communities. I’ll work together with people from both sides of the aisle and find common sense solutions to the challenges we face.”

Grussing is a graduate of Armstrong High School, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Iowa State University. After graduation from ISU, Grussing served in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves for 28 years and has also worked as a police officer in Estherville, IA, and Stillwater, OK. He is an active member of his community, serving on the Emmet County Community Foundation, Armstrong Betterment Club, Armstrong Heritage Museum, and former president of the Armstrong/Ringsted Music Boosters. In addition, Grussing served for five years on the Armstrong City Council.

“I will be a strong voice for rural Iowa in the House. It’s essential that our K-12 education system receives the funding needed to help all Iowa students succeed. I will help make sure rural schools get our share of state funding and state job creation initiatives don’t leave out rural areas. There is also more we can do to bring good jobs to our area if we focus on key industries like renewable energy and advanced manufacturing,” added Grussing, a Democrat.

“I’ll also work to raise wages in rural areas because no one should be working full time and still living in poverty. I don’t come from a wealthy family, but I was always taught that if you worked hard and gave a job your best effort, you could support your family,” said Grussing. “Hard-working families deserve a boost and a high-quality of life.”

Grussing and his wife, Sherry, have two sons. Matthew is a 1LT in the U.S. Army, currently serving at Ft. Stewart, GA, and Christopher is a sophomore at North Union High School in Armstrong. They are members of the First Presbyterian Church in Armstrong.

“Over the next year, I look forward to meeting folks at their doorstep and hearing their ideas to grow the middle class and create good jobs in rural Iowa,” concluded Grussing.