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Letter to the editor: For the sake of schools and civility, vote Jodi Clemens


Jodi Clemens, candidate for Iowa House district 73, in a campaign video. — video still

By Patti Fields and Brian Kirschling, Iowa City

This November, voters in eastern Johnson County and Cedar County who care about Iowa’s proud tradition of strong public education have a clear candidate to support by voting for Democrat Jodi Clemens for Iowa House District 73. The Republican legislature has boasted about increasing education funding without telling the whole truth that over the past decade, they have actually underfunded education at a rate far below inflation, thereby leaving our students and teachers with larger class sizes and fewer resources.

Jodi Clemens has committed to putting our children first by making education funding Iowa’s highest priority once again. She supports access to quality preschool for all children and she understands that extending the statewide penny sales tax is critical to Iowa school districts’ future planning. She opposes any type of voucher system, so public dollars stay in public schools and supports increased funding for Iowa’s public colleges and universities.

Most importantly, Jodi will bring civility and respect back to District 73. She will be honest and forthright with constituents, even when they disagree. Her calm demeanor and grace is a breath of fresh air in this time of vitriol and political divisiveness and she does not accept political action committee (PAC) funds of any sort.

With over 14 years of combined experience on the Iowa City Board of Education, we wholeheartedly support Jodi Clemens because she understands that Iowa’s future prosperity relies on the education of the next generation. Learn more about Jodi at www.clemensforiowahouse.com and be sure to vote on or before Nov 6.


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