Experienced organizer will bring new leadership to House District 38

Ankeny resident Heather Matson has announced that she will run for House District 38 in the 2016 elections. Matson is a long-time advocate, organizer, and public policy expert who looks forward to getting to know more of the district’s constituents during the campaign.

“I’m running for the Iowa House because it’s time for a new generation of leadership,” said Matson, a 38-year-old mother of twins. “I have spent my career advocating for issues and candidates as well as raising money for causes I hold dear. There are too many elected officials who care only for the status quo. With all the challenges we face as a state, the status quo isn’t good enough.”

Elections should be about forward-thinking ideas and Matson is starting her campaign early in order to be able to take the time to have a serious, and honest, dialogue with voters about the challenges and opportunities we face as a state. As a mom with two children about to enter public school, she is passionate about ensuring all Iowa children have access to the best education and that teachers have the resources and respect they deserve.

“I am running because too many citizens feel shut out of the process and turned off by the petty fighting in our politics,” said Matson. “We can solve this problem by electing candidates who believe in good government and want to see it work better.”

Matson has spent the last 16 years working and volunteering in public policy, advocacy and development.  Raised in Rhode Island by politically independent parents, Heather has always approached problem-solving by seeking to find common ground while holding true to her progressive principles, understanding that good ideas can come from anywhere if you are willing to listen and learn.

Matson and her husband, Chris, moved from Washington, DC to Iowa in 2003 for Chris to attend medical school at Des Moines University.  It didn’t take them long to fall in love with Iowa and decide to stay.  They chose to build a home in the Prairie Trail neighborhood of Ankeny as a place to raise their children, Emma and Henry.  Chris is a family practice physician at Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines. Heather has a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Western New England College in Springfield, MA and a Master of Arts in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Matson looks forward to earning the support of voters in the community over the next year-and-a-half and plans to work hard to meet and understand their needs.

Learn more: www.matsonforiowa.com