Just over a month ago, Manning resident, Peter Leo, announced his candidacy for the Iowa House of Representatives District 12 seat. And now, after Friday’s filing deadline, he is ready to officially kick off his campaign and meet even more residents of the district in Carroll, Audubon and Crawford Counties. He will be hosting a meet-and-greet event on Thursday, March 22, inviting the public to learn more about him and his platform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Swan Lake State Park Conservation Education Center. Leo says that since announcing his intentions, he has received a great deal of positive feedback. “Folks want a pragmatic, commonsense approach to solving problems at the statehouse,” he says. And, “I look forward to sharing with the public my vision for how we can address our state’s biggest challenges.” Leo is an attorney, practicing in Denison, and made the move from regionally larger urban areas, Des Moines, Sioux City and Omaha, Neb., to the more rural community of Manning last February. He says that over the course of his career in all of these settings, he has seen one common denominator, the impact that our legislators’ decisions have on the people of Iowa, including himself and his family. “If we want our community to thrive now and in the future,” Leo says, “the state legislature cannot continue to historically underfund our schools, mismanage our state budget and the health care system and abandon its promise to support local governments.” Leo invites all area constituents to Thursday’s campaign kick-off and to hear more from him about ushering in a new generation of leaders from Iowa’s rural areas that will deliver long-term solutions and place the interests of the people over party-line politics. Leo will be on the November ballot with Republican incumbent, Brian Best.
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