Joe Judge of Albia announced he will be a candidate on the Democratic ticket for the new Iowa House District 80. The new district includes all of Appanoose and Monroe Counties along with the western half of Wapello and the eastern half of Mahaska Counties.

Judge is a life-long southern Iowan who grew up on the family cow-calf farm east of Albia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History in 2001, a master’s degree in Social Studies Education in 2004, and a Master’s degree in School Administration in 2009 all from the University of Iowa.

Since 2004, Joe has been a Government and History teacher in Albia. He is also the head boys tennis coach and served as the head sponsor for the drama program, Letter Winners Club, and the Blue Pride Club at the high school. Judge is a member of ISEA and represents the local teacher’s association on the district Labor Management Committee and as Chief Negotiator.

In the next few months Judge will travel to the communities in the new district, spending time with voters to hear their concerns and ask for their support and an official campaign kick off will occur early in June.

Joe Judge is no stranger to politics having grown up in a Democratic family. As a child, he first campaigned with his mother, Patty Judge. Judge quickly made a name for himself on his own when he was elected to the Democratic National Convention in 2000 and 2008. He was also a member of the Democratic State Central Committee from 2002-2006, was the Chair of the 3rd District Democratic Central Committee from 2004-2006, the Monroe County Democratic Chair from 2006-2009 and was elected in 2008 as one of Iowa’s seven Presidential Electors in the Electoral College.