This afternoon educator Eric Gjerde officially announced he is running for the Iowa House in District 67, which includes Robins, Hiawatha and parts of both Marion and Cedar Rapids. 

“With Medicaid privatization jeopardizing the health security of over 425,000 Iowans, it’s clear that Republican policies in Des Moines are not working for us,” said Eric Gjerde. “That’s why I’m running for the Iowa House of Representatives.”

Eric has been a special education teacher, and a coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for the past 9 years. Eric also volunteers as a Linn County Sheriff’s Office Special Deputy. Eric grew up in a rural community as the son of two public servants; his father, a veteran of both the Army and Navy and a retired United States Postal Service worker, his mother, a retired nurse. Eric was the 2018 Democratic nominee for the Iowa House in District 67 and was endorsed by President Barack Obama. 

“As a public school teacher, I see firsthand the impact that extreme Republican policies have in the classroom and on our students and families. We must fully fund our public schools to give our children and grandchildren tools for success for their road ahead. When we fully fund our public schools, we attract and retain the best teachers in the country, young families move to the state to give their kids the best possible education, stimulating our state and local economies. Meaningful and sustained investment in the public education of Iowa’s children is an investment in all of our futures.” 

Eric and his wife, Amy, who works as an early learning special education teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District, reside in Cedar Rapids. They have three daughters in Grace, Caroline, and Ella.