Deb Ballalatak of Monroe County officially launched her campaign for State Representative this week. She is running in District 80, which covers all of Monroe and Appanoose counties, the eastern half of Mahaska and the western half of Wapello counties.

“I can make a difference and I will be a strong voice in the House for rural Iowa and the middle class. As parents, my husband and I know that everyone wants the best education for their children and I have the passion for taking care of our schools and making them #1 in the nation.  Our district deserves a state representative who will work to create good jobs, bring fresh ideas, curb government spending and improve our schools, not push a personal, ideological agenda,” said Ballalatak, a Democrat. “I will listen to families, farmers, veterans, seniors, local businesses, and teachers, and work together to do what is best for all of us.”

Ballalatak is a native of Monroe County and a 1980 graduate of Albia High School. Deb is currently a homemaker and a proud member of St.Mary’s Catholic Church, is also active with Juvenile Diabetes JDRF, an avid bike rider/owner, a proud member of The NRA, The HOG, she is an honorary member of The BIA of Iowa/America and The Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association Institute.

Deb and husband Jim, a diesel mechanic for Ben Shinn Trucking in Knoxville, IA have been together 35 years. They have 3 grown daughters, Kristin Kirk {Ryan}, SammyJo and Andrea. One grandchild Brinley Rai Kirk, 11 months old.

“My family taught me the importance of hard work early on and my experience growing up in rural Monroe County and working at our family business has given me hands on education and fiscal responsibility during hard times. I will put those skills to work balancing the state budget while building a strong middle class,” added Ballalatak.

Ballalatak was nominated at a special convention last month, she has previously ran for the Iowa House and came up just 200 votes short of beating the incumbent.