Jessica Kean to Run for Iowa House
Seeks Democratic Nomination in House District 58

Maquoketa, IA — Jessica Kean, a mother of two and child advocate, today announced she will seek the Democratic nomination for House District 58, which includes Jackson, Jones and Dubuque Counties.  The current Democratic candidate announced earlier today that he would remove his name from the ballot for the General Election in November.

“I’m running for the Iowa House because it’s time for new leaders who will put politics aside and work together for all Iowans.  As a mom of two young kids, I’ll work to make public schools the top priority of the Iowa Legislature again and improve the lives of hard-working families in eastern Iowa,” said Kean, who works for a nonprofit to help children with cancer and childhood cancer survivors. “I’m excited to meet the people of District 58 at their doorstep and earn their vote in November.”

A Quad Cities native, Jessica and her husband, Mike, moved to Jackson County to settle down and raise their family.  Mike works at John Deere in Dubuque. They have two children, Josie (4) and Teddy (1).  They attend Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Kean’s parents still live in the Quad Cities area and Mike’s parents live in Maquoketa. Her mother and sister are both teachers and her stepfather is a union electrician.

“Building a vibrant community can’t happen without good-paying jobs and a strong ag economy,” Kean added.  “We can grow our rural communities and small towns by expanding renewable energy, adding value to the crops of our farmers, and bringing more advanced manufacturing jobs to eastern Iowa.”

After graduating from American University, Kean started her nonprofit career at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. She is on the Board of Directors of Sunshine Childcare Center in Maquoketa, where her children attend, and is also a freelance writer.

“Another family issue I’m passionate about is honoring the sacrifice of our veterans and active duty military. That means high-quality, accessible healthcare for every veteran who needs it as well as helping every veteran find a good job after service so they can support their own family,”  said Kean, whose brother and brother-in-law are both Army Veterans.

Local leaders will hold a special nominating convention in early August to select the new Democratic nominee.