MFL Mar-Mac School Board President Patti Ruff of McGregor announced today that she will run for the Iowa House in the new House District 56, which includes all of Allamakee County and part of Clayton County.

“As a working mother of three, I know the challenges, middle class families face every day. We need world class schools and thriving local communities to keep young people in rural communities like ours,” said Ruff. “Working with farmers every day, I also understand how critical a strong ag economy is to our community.”

Ruff is currently the President of the MFL Mar-Mac School Board and works at Bunge North American in McGregor. She works with local farmers and co-ops to sell and transport grain down the Mississippi River to other states as well as exporting grain overseas.

“Like many Iowa families, my husband and I both work outside the home.  As a member of the MFL Mar-Mac School Board, I listened to the concerns and struggles of working parents who needed more child care options and quality early childhood education options. I’m proud of our work opening early childhood and day care centers next to the schools in McGregor and Monona,” said Ruff, who has served on the school board for nine years. “Not only have the child centers made life easier for working families, we’ve made them an asset to our community by bringing more young families to Northeast Iowa.”

Patti and her husband, Dan, both grew up in Northeast Iowa and graduated from Mar-Mac High School. They have three children Tucker, 4, Bryar, 12, and Liam, 15. They are members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McGregor. Patti is a graduate of Loras College in Dubuque.

“In addition to boosting Iowa’s skilled workforce, I will work together across party lines to build consensus and do what’s best for us. The state should be a strong partner with us in local economic development, tourism, revitalizing our Main Streets, and helping local businesses expand to create new jobs,” said Ruff.