Claire Celsi HD 42Claire Celsi, a West Des Moines business owner, announced her candidacy today to represent a large portion of West Des Moines and part of northern Warren County.

“I’m running because like many Iowans, I am disturbed that we are backsliding on our commitment to public education in our state. We have to prepare our young people for jobs that will require training beyond a high school education. To do that, we need to invest in public schools from preschool through college. We need to provide our school districts more transparency and responsiveness. Iowans care about our kids,” said Celsi.

Celsi runs a marketing communications company and serves on several community boards, including the West Des Moines Board of Adjustment, the Booster Pak West Des Moines board, and the Central Iowa Shelter and Services board. She is an active member of the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and a West Des Moines Leadership Academy graduate.

She is a Dowling Catholic High School and Drake University graduate and serves on the national School of Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board at Drake.

Celsi is married to Jim Walczyk, an IT professional at Farm Bureau in West Des Moines. Jim is a long-time coach for West Side Track Club and also is an assistant coach on the Des Moines Lincoln boys track team. Claire and Jim have four children. Chelsey is a CNA at a Des Moines assisted living facility and Bailey is an investment banking assistant at a Windsor Heights bank. Claire and Jim’s daughter Debbie is a civil engineer living in Denver their son Marcus works for a landscaping business and lives in West Des Moines.

“I plan to get out in the district and talk to individuals and groups and get their input on how we can better represent our diverse community and help our kids be productive citizens of the world. In a state with a slow-growing population, we need to make sure there are opportunities for every Iowan to live and work here. That starts with providing opportunities to be successful in school.”

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