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WAPELLO, Iowa — David Kerr, a Republican from Morning Sun, has been nominated as the Republican candidate for State Representative in Iowa House District 88.

Iowa Rep. Tom Sands, a Wapello Republican and chairman of the Iowa House’s tax policy-writing committee, announced just days after the June 7 primary that he would not seek re-election this fall.

Sands, 61, a banker and real estate appraiser, has served in the Iowa Legislature since 2003 and as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee since Republicans took control of the chamber in 2011.

The district consists of Louisa County and the rural areas of Des Moines and Muscatine Counties. 

Kerr is a lifelong resident of Louisa County, growing up on a farm near Wapello. He graduated from Wapello Community Schools and went on to receive his AA Degree in General Studies from Muscatine Community College. 

Kerr worked at Kinder Morgan Inc. for 44 years, most recently in the Damage Prevention Unit based out of Columbus Junction. Today, he farms fulltime with his wife. 

Kerr will bring a lifetime of agricultural experience to the Legislature, as well as common sense solutions to Iowa's most pressing issues. 

"We must do something to protect Iowa's waterways and resources to preserve them for future generations," said Kerr. "Farmers are some of the best conservationists this state has. If elected, I'll take my real world experiences to Des Moines and work for solutions to invest in and improve the quality of Iowa's water." 

Kerr says strong schools, a competitive tax climate, and a prosperous economy will also be a primary focus of his campaign.

"There is much we can do to make Iowa the best place to raise a family or own a business. I'll work to free the hands of our educators and ensure schools have the resources they need to thrive in educating our children. I'll work to to leave more money in the pockets of hard working taxpayers and ensure state government lives within its means. Finally, I'll work to cut red tape for employers and see that they have the skilled workers needed to be competitive in today's economy."

Kerr and his wife, Joyce have been married for 47 years and have two daughters and one granddaughter; Angela Kerr of Bloomington/Normal, IL and Audra Brown of Morning Sun. Audra is married to Ken and they have a daughter, Olivia. The Kerrs attend Faith Christian Outreach Church in Mt. Pleasant, where Kerr serves as a member of the Board of Directors.


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