District: Iowa House District 26
Occupation: Small Business Owner
Why did you decide to run for office?
It is important to me as a resident of Iowa and specifically, Warren county that we have someone who will lead and advocate effectively for our district. I was raised to believe that you “don’t complain about a problem– you fix it!” Hard work and honesty are the foundations of who I am, and I believe it is those principals that will help me to serve effectively in the statehouse.
What do you hope to accomplish?
I want to be a strong voice for the needs of my district while maintaining low taxation and not over governing the people.
What would you like the voters to know?
You Matter! I think many people have lost track of the fact that they really do matter in this process. We are a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
Tell us more about your business experience:
I am a licensed insurance agent, I own a dance studio, and I retain a repairman certificate issued to me by the Federal Aviation Administration for Hot Air Balloon inspection and repair, which I utilize when working at my family business, National Ballooning Ltd. We are the only Hot Air Balloon manufacturing business in the State of Iowa.
Republicans have been frustrated at their inability to take the 26th and attribute their poor past performance in winning this house seat plague of low-quality candidates. However, they are optimistic about the recruitment of Boden. They are also encouraged by the fact that Joni Ernst won the district by 12% in 2014, President Trump won it by 13% in 2016, and Governor Reynolds won it by 4% in 2018.
Democrat Scott Ourth represents the 26th House District. He was first elected in 2013. Ourth made headlines in the fall of 2019 when he was arrested for operating a vehicle while under the influence. This most recent incident brings his total number of OWI convictions to three.