Community leader and volunteer Scott Ourth has announced that he will run for the Iowa House of Representatives from District 26 in Warren County. Due to reapportionment the district no longer includes Norwalk, but takes in Indianola, Carlisle, Martensdale along with the northern and eastern townships in the county.
“I will listen to the people of Warren County and work to strengthen our economy and create good-paying jobs,” said Ourth. “If Iowa is going to thrive, we need a highly skilled workforce ready to compete for jobs in today’s global economy. Ensuring our kids are getting the finest education this country has to offer is the first and most important step in that process.”
Ourth is currently the public affairs director at Disability Rights IOWA, which is a not-for-profit advocacy and protection group for Iowans with disabilities. In a previous position as Director of Public Affairs for Warren County, Ourth landed $1.7 million in grants and appropriations to renovate the old People’s bank building on the Indianola square (now the Warren County Courthouse Annex), build a wind turbine at the Annett Nature Center, and make substantial improvements to the Warren County Fairgrounds, Summerset State Park, and Lake Ahquabi State Park.
“My life’s work has been advocating for the most vulnerable in society – our children, our senior citizens, and persons living with disabilities,” added Ourth. “With a son in middle school, I’m also committed to raising standards in our schools and keeping class sizes low.”
Ourth has served in a variety of other public service roles at both the state and federal levels. He is on the Graceland University Alumni Board of Directors and is an active member of the Community of Christ Church. He is a member of the Indianola Noon Lions Club and a former board member of the Warren County Leadership Institute. Scott has volunteered to help raise money for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association and has hiked the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail to raise money and awareness for children with intellectual disabilities.
Scott is married to Dr. Heather Ourth, a national clinical pharmacy analyst with the United States Veteran’s Administration. Their son, Logan, is an eighth-grader at Indianola Middle School. Scott is an accomplished outdoorsman and environmentalist. Scott is a published author who enjoys reading history, studying the natural sciences, taking extended canoeing and backpacking excursions, and helping his wife with her large vegetable garden.