GrussingArmy veteran and Armstrong native Dave Grussing said today he will run for State Representative in House District 7, which includes Emmet County, Winnebago County, and part of Kossuth County including Algona.

“As a veteran of the US Army and former police officer, I’m excited about this opportunity to serve my state and country again,” said Grussing, who is a lifetime member of the VFW.  “As state representative, I’ll listen to the people of District 7 and do what’s best for our communities.  I’ll work together with people from both sides of the aisle and find common sense solutions to the challenges we face.”

Grussing is a graduate of Armstrong Community High School, Iowa Lakes Community College, and Iowa State University.  After graduation from ISU, Grussing served in the US Army and Army Reserves for 28 years and has also worked as a police officer in Estherville and Oklahoma.   He is an active member of his community serving on the Emmet County Community Foundation, Armstrong Betterment Club, Armstrong Heritage Museum and former president of the Armstrong/Ringsted Music Boosters.

“I will be a strong voice for rural Iowa in the House.  It’s essential that rural schools get our share of state funding and state job creation initiatives serve rural Iowa as well as metro areas.  There is also more we can do to bring good jobs to our area if we focus on key industries like renewable energy and advanced manufacturing,” added Grussing, a Democrat.

Grussing and his wife, Sherry, have two sons. Matthew is in the US Army currently serving in Georgia and Christopher is a student at North Union Middle School in Swea City.  They are active members of 1st Presbyterian Church in Armstrong.