Representative Cindy Winckler of Davenport announced her run for re-election in November.

From the Quad City Times:

Winckler to run for re-election

Ed Tibbetts | Posted: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 5:53 pm | 1 Comment

State Rep. Cindy Winckler, Jan. 15, 2009, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Iowa Rep. Cindy Winckler, a Davenport Democrat, said Wednesday she will seek a seventh term in the state Legislature.

Winckler, who is 61 and a self-employed education consultant, touted her work promoting the state’s voluntary preschool program for 4-year-olds in making her announcement.

Winckler and other Democrats successfully fought a Republican plan to scuttle the program and replace it with a voucher system earlier this year.

“I am proud that Iowa’s one of the first states to provide preschool to almost all 4-year olds, so that they have a jump start before starting kindergarten, and that I had a leadership role in making it happen,” she said.

Winckler is the ranking Democrat on the appropriations subcommittee that oversees education. When Democrats controlled the Iowa House, she was the panel’s chairwoman.

Winckler said she’s worried about the rising cost of a college education for the state’s residents and that lawmakers ought to look to its reserve accounts to help with that. As state funding for colleges has been crimped, tuition has risen.

“We’ve put a lot of cost onto families, and we know in the future, post-secondary credentials are so very important and we need to make that accessible for the kids,” she said.

Winckler is a Davenport West High School graduate and has a degree in home economics from Northeast Missouri State University, as well as a master’s degree in educational technology from the University of Northern Iowa. She is a former teacher and consultant with the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency.

She represents the 86th House District now, but with redistricting, she’ll be running for the 90th District seat. The newly drawn district includes most of Davenport roughly south of Locust Street from Mound Street to the western city limits, as well as the town of Buffalo and part of Blue Grass township.

Winckler is married with two adult children and four grandchildren.