Who am I?

I had been part of the United Way Women's Leadership Council, which was formed to raise money to spotlight early childhood development issues and promote quality programs. I knew when I was deciding about running for the State Senate, that I could make a larger impact by winning and serving than sitting on a committee and raising money. That’s why my first bill was for Voluntary Quality Preschool for every four year old in Iowa.

Why am I running?

I’m running because I’m exhausted with Washington and career politicians not working for Iowans. As a mother and businesswoman, I will bring Iowa common sense to Washington, come up with practical solutions and get Congress working together to get things done.

My Goals

I will empathize the priorities of Iowa’s middle class families; protecting our seniors and Medicare, giving our kids the best chance to compete for the 21st century jobs with a first class public education, provide tax breaks to small business that create jobs in our community and close absurd tax loopholes for big corporations and CEO’s.

My DFA Values

I volunteered, served on the board of and was president of an organization called Mentor Iowa, who works with abused children. I spent time with a child, Kelly, on a scheduled basis weekly or bi -weekly and took her to do something she would not normally do or just work on homework together. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I ever undertook. Kelly with was in pretty bad shape when I met her, but the last I heard from her, she was in her senior year and had been invited to travel to Japan for her violin playing and had become an honor student

My Campaign is People Powered!

We have started "Appel Women for Change", a specific outreach and engagement to women, about electing the first female to a federal office from the State of Iowa. This is the first of a series of constituency outreach programs, which in the future will include LGBT, New Americans and Communities of Color.

Voice support


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About the Endorsement Process

The driving force behind all DFA endorsements is our members. We recognize that all politics is local and that what is considered progressive in Los Angeles may be very different from what's considered progressive in Louisville. For this reason, DFA does not have a litmus test of specific progressive positions for which a candidate must stand. Our endorsement is heavily weighted based on these questions:

• Will the candidate move the progressive movement forward in their community?
• Does the candidate have substantial support from our local members?
• Do the candidate's positions and policies fit into the broader progressive movement?
• Is the campaign people-powered and the candidate working to win?

If you have questions, or want to let us know about a candidate in your neighborhood, please call us at (802) 651-3200 or email us at [email protected] .

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