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Rep. Sharon Steckman will not seek re-election to Iowa Legislature

"Seventeen years ago, at 60 I retired from teaching and began my career as your State Representative," Rep. Steckman told NIT today. "It has been an incredible 17 years, from the time I knocked on the first door to having opportunities I never would have had…all thanks to the wonderful people that elected me and put their faith in me."

MASON CITY – This morning at a public forum at the Mason City library, Democratic State Senator Sharon Steckman announced she will not seek re-election to the Iowa Legislature.

Upon her announcement, NIT reached out to Rep. Steckman for comment. Here is her response:

Yes…I announced at my forum….to folks that have been there for me all along.

This is what I said….

“A ship is safe in the harbor…but that is no place for a ship” this is a quote I have looked to when I am making a life changing decision….like when I went to Portugal to teach. I didn’t know the country, language, or the school, but I learned so much! I used those same thoughts when I decided to run for office….I could have stayed safe at home, but I’m so glad I chose to run!

Seventeen years ago, at 60 I retired from teaching and began my career as your State Representative. It has been an incredible 17 years, from the time I knocked on the first door to having opportunities I never would have had…all thanks to the wonderful people that elected me and put their faith in me.

Recently, I have watched new, young Democratic caucus members in the House fight with passion, enthusiasm, intelligence and energy toward making Iowa an inviting place to live and raise their families.

It is time for me to step aside and allow someone in North Iowa to step up; someone without a hidden agenda – just a desire to move this great state forward for ALL Iowans.

This was definitely not an easy decision. I will so miss the dedicated people I work with and all the friendships I have made during the course of my 17 years. However, at this point in my life, it is time to devote more of my energy to family. They have sacrificed so much for me these past 17 years and I am incredibly grateful.

Thank you North Iowa for putting your faith in me. I have truly been blessed.

Sharon

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