SusanMcDanelCenterville, Iowa — Susan McDanel, retired educator, community volunteer, wife, and mom of two, announced her candidacy to represent Iowa House District 80, which includes Appanoose, Mahaska, Monroe, and Wapello counties.

“I’ve decided to run for State Representative because I can be a voice of reason to help Iowa become a better place for all to live and work,” said McDanel. “As someone who has been active in my community for many years, I can look around my town and see the improvements that have been made through hard work, collaboration and common sense. I can make a difference in the legislature by listening, communicating, and compromising.”

McDanel was born and raised on a farm in Appanoose county. Susan spent 38 years teaching history and government at Centerville High School. During her career teaching, Susan was also the student council advisor for student volunteering and used participatory citizen activities to get her students involved early on in their community. She was named Centerville Teacher of the Year, Iowa Social Studies Teacher of the Year, named twice as Student Council Advisor of the Year, and was named 2006 National Student Council Advisor of the Year.

“I’ve spent 38 years learning to listen to people and having students work together. I encouraged students to try new things and I experienced various programs from education to farm policies. I would like to believe that people go into public service to help others. That’s why I’m running for State House,” said McDanel. “I want to prioritize education again, work to bring jobs for the common man with Iowa ideas rather than give tax breaks to out-of-state big corporations, and stop short changing our healthcare system, particularly with mental health and Medicaid.”

McDanel is married to her childhood sweetheart, Jody with two adult children and grandchildren. In their free time, Susan and Jody have fun getting together with their grandchildren, playing all kinds of games, visiting, and attending sports games. Susan is also actively involved in her community and serves various volunteer roles with the PEO, Democratic Central Committee, Grace United Methodist Church, Wednesday Club, Ruritan helper, AEDC (Appanoose Economic Development Corp),
Appanoose County Historical Museum, ARC of Appanoose County, Sustaining of the YMCA, and Concert Association.

“As a social studies teacher I’ve spent 38 years teaching the youth of our district about how government works. We can do better than the politics of today. I’ll work to bring compromise and civility back to get things done for Iowans.”

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