Rick Edwards today announced that he will run for the Iowa House of Representatives in District 55.  The district includes most of Winneshiek County, a large part of Fayette County and some of Clayton County.  Edwards is running to replace Rep. Roger Thomas who announced his retirement earlier this week.

“The opportunity to serve in the Iowa House is something that I could have never imagined when I received a call in 1996 asking me to run,” said Thomas. “After 16 years, I truly feel that one of the areas I have made a substantial difference for Iowa is my work in economic development legislation. While I’m retiring from the Iowa House, I will continue to work as the Director of Elkader Economic Development Corporation and Main Street. ”

Edwards was the nineteen year Director of the Decorah Park and Recreation Department before retiring last year. He managed 550 acres of parks, helped launch the Food & Fitness Initiative, and led an expansion of the park system, including Trout Run Trail.  He also established the first community garden six years ago and now about 35 families plant and harvest their own food in the Upper Iowa River valley gardens.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in the Iowa House,” said Edwards, a Democrat.  “I will work to bring good jobs to our community and protect our natural resources. I will be a strong voice for rural Iowa and do all I can to help build a strong middle class.”

Edwards, a Democrat from rural Winneshiek County, and his wife, Deb, own a small farm in Glenwood Township. Deb works for the Decorah Community School District as an associate in the nurses office. They are members of First Lutheran Church in Decorah and have five children and three grandchildren. He is an Emmetsburg, Iowa native and attended Iowa Lakes Community College and Mankato State University.