Grinnell City Councilmember Rachel Bly announced today that she will run for state representative in the new House District 76, which includes all of Poweshiek County and large parts of Iowa County.

In addition to serving in her first term on the Grinnell City Council, Bly, 39, is the Director of Conference Operations and Events for Grinnell College.  A graduate of the Poweshiek Leadership Program, Rachel has held positions on many community boards and organizations.
She also supports her husband, Bob Hamilton who owns Hamilton Insurance, a family business which has been at the same downtown location for more than 80 years.

“I want to see government focus on the things that really matter ­such as economic growth and strengthening our educational system. We need to find the common ground and work across party lines to get a positive outcome for the people of Iowa,” Bly said.

A graduate of the Poweshiek Leadership Program, Rachel has held positions on many community boards and organizations including the Grinnell Community Day Care and Preschool Board, the GRMC Community Care Clinic and League of Women Voters. Rachel is active in 4-H Cloverkids, a member of the Poweshiek County Sportsman’s Association and is active in the local arts council.

Bly is a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, holds a B.A. in Political Science from Grinnell College, and a master’s in public administration from Drake University.  She and Bob have an 8 year-old son, Davis.