Hudson School Board member Karyn Finn announced today that she will run for state representative in District 60, which includes parts of Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Hudson and Black Hawk County.

“As a mother of three and school board member, I know our public schools are essential to building a strong middle class and a highly skilled workforce,” said Finn, who has worked with Kindergym and the Youth Fitness and Obesity Institute at the University of Northern Iowa. “We must also make sure higher education is affordable so every student has the opportunity to continue their education after high school.”

Karyn Finn is a dedicated public servant and community member involved in a host of organizations, including the Hudson Music & Athletic Boosters, Early Childhood Iowa Diversity Committee, National Program for Playground Safety, and the American Heart Association. She earned a degree in Physical Education from Tulane University, an Associate in the health care field from Kirkwood Community College and is currently finalizing a master’s degree in Community Health Education at UNI.

Finn and her husband, Kevin, have three children. Their oldest daughter, Juliann, attends Iowa State University and her other two children, Ryan and Carmen, attend Hudson High School.  The family attends Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Waterloo.

“My father owned his own business, along with my grandfather.  The family business taught me the value of hard work, early mornings and long days to provide for your family.  I also learned that you have to earn the respect and trust of neighbors, community leaders, and those you serve.  I look forward to meeting the citizens of District 60, listening to them, and earning their trust,” added Finn.

Finn grew up in New Orleans and her grandparents immigrated from Mexico.  If elected, she will become the first Latina to serve in the Iowa Legislature.

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Karyn Finn of Hudson  files nomination papers for House District 60 with the Secretary of State’s office on Thursday, March 13, 2014. Finn (right) is seen here with an official from the Secretary of State’s office.