Fisher to seek re-election in Iowa House
Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin, has announced he will seek a second term in the Iowa House this year.
Fisher was elected in 2012 as a new legislator in District 72 representing Tama County and portions of Marshall County and Black Hawk County.
Fisher said he knows much more about the inner workings of the Legislature than he did two years ago.
“The learning curve is certainly more than a year or two,” Fisher said. “It takes awhile to get traction and learn how to get bills into the system.”
Controlling government spending has been one of Fisher’s main focuses in the Legislature, he said.
“It’s a tough row to hoe because we’ve had a surplus and people are anxious to spend,” Fisher said.
Fisher is also continuing to work on reopening the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, which closed Jan. 15. Fisher said he is waiting on the Iowa Senate bill before taking action in the House on IJH.
Fisher beat Democrat Nathan Wrage, of Gladbrook, in a close 2012 general election race, 51 percent to 49 percent.
Fisher’s flexible farming schedule allowed him to hit the campaign trail hard prior to the 2012 election as he campaigned for 17 months.
“It’s going to be a little tougher (to campaign) this year because I’m that much busier,” Fisher said Monday from the Iowa House. “I will continue door knocking and attending spaghetti suppers and meeting with constituents.”
After a career in the electronics industry, Fisher moved back to his family’s farm to manage the operation with his brother in 2004. Fisher is the first announced candidate for District 72.
The 2014 primary election will be June 3 with the general election falling on Nov. 4. The filing period for candidates wanting to run for state office is Feb. 24 through March 14 and it can be done through the Iowa Secretary of State office at www.sos.iowa.gov.