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Oelwein councilman to run for state representative

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Oelwein City Councilman Bruce Bearinger announced on Tuesday that he will run for state representative in House District 64. 

Bearinger teaches agriculture and biology at Jesup High School and has worked as the Education Director for Iowa State University Extension in Buchanan County.  He also serves as the advisor for the Jesup High School FFA.

"It's time for strong leadership at the statehouse that will put the partisanship aside and get things done for Iowa. I'll work to find common ground on the key issues we face and keep focused on putting Iowans back to work while helping the middle class grow," Bearinger said in a written statement.

As an Oelwein councilman, Bearinger serves on the economic development finance committee.

"I've worked with community leaders and citizens from across the district and I'm ready to serve them in the Iowa House," Bearinger said in a written statement. "Our local economies are rooted in agriculture and there is more the state must do to strengthen our economy and bring jobs to our communities."

Bearinger, a graduate of Iowa State University, has lived in Oelwein for 19 years with his wife Eileen.  They have two children, Kurt, a basketball player at Luther, and Rachel, a sophomore at Oelwein High School.

House District 64 covers parts of Fayette and Buchanan Counties.

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