Get to know the contenders for State Senate District 39

Two candidates will vie for a spot representing Johnson, Washington, and Keokuk counties in the Iowa Senate.

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Republican Heather Hora (left) seeks to take over the State Senate District 39 seat from Democratic incumbent Kevin Kinney (right).

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Kevin Kinney (D) – Incumbent

Age: 55  

Hometown: Oxford, Iowa

Education: Clear Creek/Amana High School

Stances:

Economy: Kinney wants to stimulate the rural Iowa economy by passing industrial-hemp legislation that allows farmers to grow the crop. 

Education: Kinney supports increased funding for public education, community colleges, and public universities. He links education to a skilled workforce.

Health Care: Kinney favors a state-controlled Medicaid system. He thinks mental-health initiatives should receive more funding.

Environment: Kinney is a member of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and hopes for more funding for clean-water initiatives. 

Heather Hora (R)

Age: 48  

Hometown: Washington, Iowa

Occupation: Farmer

Stances:

Economy: Hora supports lowering taxes and disentangling Iowa’s tax code. She believes lower taxes will allow families and businesses to thrive with lower costs of living.

Education:  Hora wants to give more control to individual school districts to create curriculum and enforce policies. She supports sustainable K-12 funding.

Health Care: Hora would like to find ways to reduce costs associated with health care and make it more affordable for Iowans, according to her campaign Facebook. 

Environment/Agriculture: To aid Iowa farmers, Hora supports low taxes, discovering new markets for Iowa agricultural products, and cutting red-tape surrounding agriculture. 

Iowa’s 39th district contains half of Johnson County, and Washington and Keokuk counties.
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