Iowa City, IA – With the conviction that the Iowa Legislature must let Iowans lead, Eric Dirth has announced his campaign for Iowa Senate on Wednesday. Dirth believes that Iowa is at its best when its residents are empowered to strive for a better future. He says that grassroots leadership can only take place if the legislature is ready to listen to Iowans’ needs rather than special interests’ wants.
Dirth is in his final year of law school at the University of Iowa College of Law. He has worked at the Office of the Attorney General of Iowa, the Iowa Court of Appeals, and at BrownWinick, a Des Moines-based business law firm. Before law school, Dirth earned his Master of Arts in Environmental Advocacy from James Madison University, where he was an instructor of communication.
“Iowa’s legislators are not listening to Iowans. Instead, they are making nearsighted decisions that benefit the select few. It is time for proactive and progressive policies that benefit all Iowans,” Dirth says. “I will fight against any statewide legislation that preempts local communities’ efforts to improve the lives of their citizens. Iowan leadership begins at the local level.”
Dirth, 26, a Democrat, was born in Burlington and attended grade school in Waterloo. He moved to West Point, Iowa in 8th grade and finished his K-12 schooling at Fort Madison. His small-town upbringing and experiences in larger Iowa metropolitan areas reflect the diverse landscape of District 37. The district encompasses rural, suburban and urban areas throughout Johnson, Cedar, and Muscatine Counties. If elected, Dirth says he will push for Iowa to adopt the ballot initiative and referendum to keep Iowa’s legislature in check. Dirth says, “The ballot initiative process is used in 24 states and is an important check on the legislature’s action. It forces legislators to consider the concerns of everyday Iowans while crafting policy.”
Dirth also advocates for environmental reform. He calls for action to address the water quality crisis in the state, including funding the Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Trust Fund. The fund was approved by voters eight years ago yet remains unfunded to this day. He also calls for real, substantive action to combat climate change because it is the “single greatest challenge that all future generations of Iowans will face.” When it comes to mental health and drug addiction, Dirth calls for proactive strategies to get more treatment to more people. Dirth says, “We must work with physicians and hospitals to reduce access to opioids while exploring other options for treating severe and chronic pain.” Dirth continues that “we can make tremendous strides by making sure those struggling with addiction feel supported and included in our communities.”
On January 22nd at 6:00 PM, Dirth is hosting his first campaign event, a canned food drive at Coralville Public Library in meeting room B. Community members are invited to stop in to meet Dirth and support the Coralville Community Food Pantry.
Dirth lives in the Iowa City/Coralville area and teaches Catholic education at St. Patrick’s Parish. More information about Eric Dirth and his candidacy can be found at dirthforiowa.com and on Facebook and Twitter at @dirthforIowa.
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