IMG6399edited1Epworth, Iowa – Leo Gansen of Epworth announced today that he will seek the Democratic nomination in Iowa House District 57 which includes Peosta, Epworth, Farley, Dyersville, Bernard, Bankston, Holy Cross, Sherrill, and Asbury.

“I’ve spent my whole life here in western Dubuque County and I’m excited to announce my candidacy for the Iowa House. Right now, regular, hard-working Iowans do not have a voice in Des Moines,” said Gansen. “My parents taught me the values of hard work, honesty, listening, and watching out for your friends and neighbors. I’ll take those values with me to Des Moines and work together to lead Iowa back to prosperity.”

Gansen grew up in Epworth and his parents both worked at Flexsteel. Gansen believes his deep roots in the community and Dubuque county values will make him a strong advocate for working class families in the legislature.

“Our state faces critical challenges; stagnant wages, unaffordable and inaccessible health care, crumbling infrastructure and opioid addiction. It’s past time politicians in this state started looking out for working families, rather than the lobbyists and special interests,” said Gansen.

Leo is a senior correctional officer at the Anamosa State Penitentiary and has been employed there for 23 years. Gansen has also been a dedicated member of the community for decades. He is an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Western Dubuque Booster Club and St. Elizabeth Pastorate. Leo also serves on the Dubuque County Zoning Advisory Board. As a correctional officer, Leo has been a strong member of AFSCME for 23 years, serving as the local chapter’s president, vice president, and executive board at-large.

“As a correctional officer, I see every day the devastating impact that massive corporate tax giveaways have on everyday Iowans and public safety. Politicians in Des Moines have misspent our tax dollars and none of it is benefiting families here in Dubuque County. Our schools are struggling and our economy is stagnant. I’ll work to make sure small communities in Dubuque County get our share of state resources to create new opportunities,” added Gansen.

Leo and his wife, Wendy, are the proud parents of 4 adult children. They are also the grandparents of 14. Wendy has worked at Western Dubuque Schools in Epworth for over 26 years. In his free time, Leo enjoys fishing, camping, watching dirt track racing and spending time with his grandchildren.

“I’m running for the Iowa House because politicians in Iowa need to get back to the basics. That means creating good paying jobs for hardworking Iowans; investing in public schools; making healthcare affordable and accessible; and keeping our communities safe,” added Gansen.

More information about Leo and his campaign can be found at

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