Marshalltown, Iowa — First Ward City Councilor Sue Cahill officially announced today that she will run for the Iowa House in District 71, which includes Marshalltown, Albion, Licomb, and part of rural Marshall County. Representative Mark Smith announced earlier this year he won’t be seeking re-election.

“I taught at the same school for 18 years and in the Marshalltown district for over 20 years, where I have seen students of mine turn into young adults and start families of their own.  While many are accomplished professionals in Marshalltown giving back to their community, I’ve seen too many leave our state or our community for Des Moines and other communities. It’s essential to keep and attract families here to Marshalltown with strong public schools, affordable and accessible healthcare, and expansive skilled trade programs.”

Sue Cahill is a current teacher at the Marshalltown Community School District. She works as a teacher leader and helps train new teachers. Sue also serves on the Marshalltown Youth Foundation, which helps fund music, arts and sports programs for children, The Marshalltown Read by Third Campaign, which supports educational success for all students.  She is an active member and leader of the Marshalltown Education Association and the Iowa State Education Association. She attends St. Mary Church of the St. Francis Assisi Parish.

Mark Smith showed his support for Sue Cahill, “Sue has been an active member of our community for decades and she will be a strong voice for Marshalltown in the Iowa House.  It’s necessary we elect Sue Cahill to continue fighting for the values we hold dear here in Marshall County. I will be working hard to elect Sue to the Iowa House and I encourage the voters of District 71 to join me in supporting her.”

Sue and John Cahill were married for 24 years before he died of colon cancer in 2006.  Sue has six adult children.