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Liz Bennett makes her candidacy official

CEDAR RAPIDS – With an agenda focusing on further improving Iowa’s economy and public schools, Liz Bennett officially filed papers with the Secretary of State office Friday announcing her candidacy for Iowa House District 65. “It’s time for people of my generation to take responsibility for the future of our state,” Bennett said. “I have the energy, experience and perspective to work for a bright future in Iowa, and I am looking forward to earning the votes of my neighbors in House District 65 After Iowa House District 65 Rep. Tyler Olson decided not to seek re-election, Liz was urged by many local Democrats to run for Tyler’s seat. Bennett began campaigning last summer and has attended many community events and meetings in order to find out more about the needs of residents in her district. Among her priorities are raising the minimum wage, attracting and retaining young professionals in the state, bringing in more good-paying jobs, and laying strong educational foundations for the state’s children starting in early childhood. She also has a special interest in environmental sustainability.

“I am grateful for the opportunities and quality of life Iowa has provided me, and I will work 
hard to ensure future generations have the same opportunity to succeed as I did,” Bennett said.
Local resident Libby Slappey said she is excited about supporting Bennett for office. "From the 
day I first met Liz Bennett, I've been impressed by her tenacity, her commitment to fairness and 
her focus on doing what's right,” Slappey said. “We'd be well-served by her representation in 
the Iowa Statehouse.”
 
Since beginning her campaign, Bennett has raised more than $15,000, showing strong support 
for her candidacy. Her campaign manager, Sara Riley of Tom Riley Law Firm, said she is 
confident Bennett will represent her district well in the statehouse.
"Liz is hard-working and dedicated to improving the lives of Iowans,” Riley said. “I know when 
she gets to Des Moines she will follow in the footsteps of my current Representative Tyler 
Olson, and Rob Hogg who served my district before Tyler." 
Liz has been active in state and local politics for several years. She was elected to the 
Linn County Democratic Central Committee in 2009 and served as a delegate to the 2012 
Democratic National Convention. She volunteered her time to help elect Iowa Democrats Sen. 
Liz Mathis, Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt and Rep. Art Staed, as well as President Barack 
Obama.
 
Many residents have encountered Liz through her work both as a volunteer and regional 
organizer for One Iowa, where she worked to preserve the freedom to marry for all Iowans.
 
For more information, contact: 
 
Liz Bennett
319-431-1656