Oelwein City Councilman Bruce Bearinger announced today that he will run for state representative in House District 64, which includes parts of Buchanan and Fayette Counties.

Bearinger teaches agriculture and biology at Jesup High School and has previously worked as the Education Director for ISU Extension in Buchanan County. He is also the FFA Advisor for Jesup High School and helps with a variety of community services, including farm safety, environmental projects, and charity events.

“It’s time for strong leadership at the statehouse that will put the partisanship aside and get things done for Iowa. I’ll work to find common ground on the key issues we face and keep focused on putting Iowans back to work while helping the middle class grow,” said Bearinger.

On the city council, Bearinger serves on the economic development finance committee, works on local food initiatives, and is helping develop a health and wellness survey for Oelwein. He has been a teacher in Oelwein, was a member of the Oelwein Jaycees, and a donor to the Fine Arts Guild in Oelwein.

Bearinger helped launch the Heartland Acres Agribition Center in Independence and served on its first Board of Directors. While working for ISU Extension, he also served on the Buchanan County Food Pantry Board and the Coop Board. He has also worked with the Maynard Coop.

“I’ve worked with community leaders and citizens from across the district and I’m ready to serve them in the Iowa House,” said Bearinger. “Our local economies are rooted in agriculture and there is more the state must do to strengthen our economy and bring jobs to our communities.”

Bearinger and his wife, Eileen, have lived in Oelwein for 19 years and are active at Sacred Heath Catholic Church. His wife works at Fidelity Bank and they have two children. Their son, Kurt, plays basketball at Luther College in Decorah and their daughter Rachel is a sophomore at Oelwein High School. Bearinger is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned a masters in professional agriculture.