Pete HirdHird Announces Run for State Representative

Jackson County, Iowa – Jackson County native Peter Hird announced today that he will run for state representative in District 58, which includes Jackson County as well as parts of Jones and Dubuque Counties.

“As a graduate of Maquoketa High School, NICC, and an apprenticeship program, I know how critical job training is to raising wages for working families and bringing good jobs to our community,” said Hird, a Democrat.  “I’m running for the Iowa House because public education has to be our top priority again so every person in Iowa has the same opportunities I had to succeed.”

Peter Hird grew up in rural Jackson County in the small community of Leisure Lake. After graduating from Maquoketa public schools, he earned an associates degree from Northeast Iowa Community College.  Hird completed an electrical apprenticeship program through the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and has a Class A Journeyman License.

“In today’s economy, every kid in school will need some training beyond high school to land a good job. The tuition at Iowa community colleges is some of the highest in the country and too many students are finishing college with a mountain of debt,” added Hird.  “I will work to make sure job training and higher education is affordable for every Iowan.”

Hird is a Trustee on the Dubuque Electrical Apprenticeship Committee and serves on the Board of Directors for Operation New View, which is local non-profit organization that helps low-income families become self-sufficient.   He is a volunteer at an area food bank and an active member of IBEW Local 704 and the Dubuque Federation of Labor.

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