Navy veteran and health care specialist Laura Hubka of Riceville announced today that she will run for state representative in District 51, which includes Howard, Mitchell, Worth, and part of Winneshiek Counties.

Hubka is a graduate of Decorah High School and then served in the US Navy for a decade.  She returned to Iowa to work at Winneshiek Medical Center and currently works Mercy Medical Center-North Iowa performing ultrasounds at locations in Cresco and New Hampton.

Hubka lives in Riceville with her husband, Kenny, who works for Precision of New Hampton. Her oldest son, Robert, served in the US Army in Iraq and now lives his wife in Hubbard, Iowa. Her daughter Katie attends Iowa State University and is studying education.  Brian is the youngest son and he is currently serving in the US Navy in Japan.