“I promised to stand up for you in Des Moines,” Koether says, “and that promise still stands.”

Feb. 21, 2020 — Kayla Koether, the fifth-generation of a northeast Iowa farm family and a champion of rural communities, has announced her candidacy for Iowa House District 55 earlier this week. Koether ran a grassroots campaign for the legislature in 2018 focused on rural vitality and strengthening local communities.

“By working together we can revitalize our rural farm economy, rebuild our main streets and bring the next generation back home to do it,” Koether said. “Creating a vibrant future in Northeast Iowa will take all of us.”

“During our 2018 campaign, I was inspired to see neighbors come together with common values and steadfast commitment to our local communities. I am proud of the work we did together, and I promised to stand up for you in Des Moines and take action,” Koether said. “Today I’m announcing that that promise still stands, and I’m ready to get to work.”

“Unfortunately, little has changed for Northeast Iowans in the past two years. We continue to struggle to keep farmers on our rural landscape, fill storefronts in our downtowns and find accessible, affordable healthcare.”

Koether, who lives in rural Winneshiek County, said Iowa has fallen well behind in its commitment to education and childcare, which stunts the area’s economic potential and the futures of its young people. “Our people must have the skills and opportunities to prosper in a changing economy,” she said.

Koether grew up on the family farm near McGregor, Iowa, where she developed her love for raising livestock and farm management. After studying International Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa’s
Grinnell College, Kayla returned to Northeast Iowa as an AmeriCorps educator for Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative teaching children in Clayton County schools where food comes from and how to live healthier lives.

Koether later helped launch the Farm Energy Program at the Winneshiek Energy District, an organization helping homeowners, small businesses, and farmers save money through energy efficiency and investments in renewable energy. She currently works as a specialist at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, assisting farmers and food business entrepreneurs.

“Northeast Iowa is exceptionally well-suited for entrepreneurship and revitalization. If we retain our traditional strengths, we can build on those advantages. I have proven experience working with people to plan and succeed in shared goals,” she said.

For more information, go to the website, kaylaforiowa.com .