Farmer and veteran Dennis Boedeker of Cedar County officially announced his run for State Representative today.  Boedeker, a former Cedar County Supervisor, is running in House District 73, which covers all of Cedar County, part of Johnson County, and the city of Wilton.

“I was born and raised in Cedar County and have lived here my entire life. I’m extremely proud of our communities and I’m excited about the opportunity to serve in the Iowa House,” said Boedeker, a Democrat.  “As a farmer who still runs the small family farm where I grew up, I understand how important agriculture is to our economy.  I’ll be a strong, experienced voice for rural Iowa and the middle class.”

In addition to farming, Boedeker served on the Cedar County Board of Supervisors for 12 years and before that worked for the Cedar County Roads Department.  He also served in the US Air Force during Vietnam.

“There is no issue more important in the Legislature than education and there is more we must  do to keep our rural schools strong,” said Boedeker, who serves on the Cedar/Jones Early Childhood Iowa Board.  “We need to expand early childhood education so every child enters kindergarten ready to learn and make sure the state keeps its commitment to our schools and children.”

Boedeker is a lifelong member of Zion United Church of Christ and served four years on the church council, including one year as president. He and his wife, Cheryl, have been married 40 years and they have two grown sons and seven grandchildren.

Boedeker has been involved with a host of community organizations, including the Cedar County Board of Health, 7th Judicial District, Eastern Iowa Regional Utility Service Systems, and Cedar County Veteran’s Affairs.