Jech announces candidacy for Iowa House

Republican Jane Jech has announced her candidacy for the Iowa House this year, which will be her fourth attempt at a spot in the state Legislature since 2008.

Jech, 57, of Marshalltown has filed as the lone Republican candidate for District 71, which is currently served by Rep. Mark Smith, D-Marshalltown, who is seeking his eighth term in the House.

The substitute teacher in Marshalltown unsuccessfully ran against Smith in 2008 and 2010 and lost a bid for the Iowa Senate in 2012 to incumbent Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center.

“I’m not a quitter,” Jech said of this fourth attempt at the statehouse. “I follow things through and I want to keep going until I see the changes I want to happen.”

Jech said the state has been improving in its fiscal health the past few years and she wants to keep that going. She said she wants to create a climate to attract better jobs in the state and Marshall County.

She said she provides vastly different views than Smith.

“We clearly have different philosophies in major areas,” Jech said. “I definitely am a proponent of smaller government and maintaining our liberties.”

As far as Jech’s campaign strategy, she said that is still being worked out, but she has several key volunteers on board.

“This was just a recent decision,” Jech said. “I’ll be rolling out (the campaign strategy) in the next few weeks.”

Jech has been heavily involved in the community in several organizations and is a former member of the Iowa Valley Community College District Board.

The deadline to file candidate papers for a run for a state legislative office was Friday. The primary election will be June 3 with the general election Nov. 4.

House District 71 includes Marshalltown, Liscomb, Green Mountain and Albion.