Reinbeck, Iowa — Dennis Evans, father, husband, lifelong Iowan, MidWestOne Bank vice president and trust officer, and community volunteer, announced his intention to run for Iowa House District 50. District 50 includes Grundy county and parts of Hardin and Butler counties.
“I grew up in Iowa during a period of cooperation when the two parties worked together for the good of its citizens. I’m disappointed to see this has gone away in our politics and seek to restore this sense of common ground to make our state better,” says Evans. “ My career as a trust officer has allowed me to develop skills to help families work through conflict and difficult situations. I want to use these skills to help people going through trying times, and to be able to make compromise a part of the process for the betterment of our state. I feel that our state politicians need to support a sense of transparency, honesty, and good will that just isn’t there anymore. I’m running for office to listen to my community and make the state better for all of us.”
Evans grew up on a farm in central Iowa. Dennis’ family experienced tragedies that have allowed him to understand how families face difficult situations often beyond their control. His brother passed away from injuries received in the Vietnam War. His father and sister lived with and died from early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Dealing with these situations has allowed Dennis to learn empathy for families dealing with both the cost of long term health care and the impact it has on those families emotionally and financially.
Dennis put himself through college earning a degree in education from Central College. He taught for a few years, eventually changing careers to become a banker. He currently is the vice president and trust officer for the MidWestOne Bank serving the communities of Conrad, Parkersburg, Cedar Falls, Belle Plaine, and Waterloo. Dennis has worked in the trust and banking world for over 35 years which included working for Lincoln Savings Bank in Reinbeck and Guaranty Bank of Cedar Rapids.
“I’ve always had a passion to serve and make the world around me better. Seeing firsthand how hard it can be for a middle class family to handle medical issues and health care costs made me realize all Iowans deserve affordable and accessible health care. My professional experience will allow me to be an advocate for fiscal responsibility. We all realize that good jobs with quality benefits makes for better families. I also will be a voice for the importance of a sound education so our children can have the same opportunities we had growing up in Iowa.”
Dennis is married to his wife Marilyn a retired special education teacher; they have four grown sons and 6 grandchildren. He has also been an active volunteer in his community, volunteering for groups like American Red Cross, Alzheimer’s Association, Dollars for Scholars, Boy Scouts, United Way, and AARP.
“This campaign is about the hopes and dreams for all Iowans. This state has always been a place where you can grow and succeed, however, in this environment I believe some people are losing that hope. Let us work together to make Iowa the best possible place to live for all Iowans.
More information about Dennis can be found at www.EvansforIowa.com.