To the editor:
I am writing in support of state Rep. Helen Miller. There have been lots of things said about her, but I want to speak to her love for Iowa. Though not a native, she and my dad could have gone anywhere they wanted when he retired from Air Force after 30 years. They chose Fort Dodge. When I made my first trip here, I was not sure why.
They became involved in community service, pleased there were no more mandatory moves. My dad, a physician, immediately got involved in helping with the free clinic, they went to Atlanta, Ga., to represent Fort Dodge and help bring home its recognition as an All-America City. Mom launched the Artful Dodger Project at the suggestion of the then-head of the Fort Dodge Chamber of Commerce and served on a number of boards. She was recently inducted into the Iowa African American Hall of Fame in recognition of her efforts across the state. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
I came here as a college student, not sure I wanted to stay. My mother made it a mission to encourage me and other young people to locate or remain in Iowa. She convinced me return to Iowa after living abroad for four years, never failing to point out to me and others, the good things happening in this state and its great history. I am a newly minted Iowa attorney having graduated from Drake Law School. I earned certificates in Legislative Practice and Agricultural Law because of my mother's drive and passion for these two areas.
She formed the Urban Ag Academy to educate minority and urban legislators about agriculture, its issues and concerns. She worked tirelessly to host, not one, but two conferences for state legislators. Veteran legislators left these conferences with an appreciation of the importance of agriculture, and understanding of how and why they should help agriculture. Plans are already under way to continue this important work. She was the catalyst for the agriculture summit held in Webster County to inform constituents of the importance of agriculture to this area.
Her experience, creativity, energy, commitment and solid reputation will help continue to move this district forward. I voted early for my mom and hope you will vote for her on Tuesday. And yes, I will be staying in Iowa.