Biographical information from the Iowa House Democrats:
Jennifer Konfrst, a mom, educator, and small business owner from Windsor Heights, is running to represent Iowa’s 43rd House District, which includes Clive, West Des Moines, and Windsor Heights.
Jennifer is an Assistant Professor in Drake University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and runs her own small business. Her business helps those in the private and public sectors improve communication with their own customers and clients. Jennifer has worked with nonprofits and businesses. She spent 12 years at Iowa Public Television, working in communications. In the private sector, she worked with the state’s economic development leaders to bring workers and businesses to Iowa. Jennifer is also an active parent volunteer in Des Moines Public Schools, where her two children attend school.
After graduating from Johnston High School, Jennifer earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Drake University. Jennifer and her husband Lee are proud parents to students at Roosevelt High School and Merrill Middle School. Lee works at Nationwide in Des Moines. Both are active members of Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ.
Information from Activate Iowa:
Jennifer Konfrst ran for House District 43 in 2016 and came close to defeating Chris Hagenow, the Republican majority leader in the Iowa House. Rather than face Jennifer in a rematch, Chris Hagenow has announced that he is moving to House District 19, where he will be a candidate for that seat. Michael Boal, a local attorney, announced that he is running for the Republican nomination for House district 43. Other Republican candidates may enter the race. Although running for an open seat would seem to be easier than facing a ranking, well-known legislator, speculation is that Michael Boal will position himself as a moderate, and try to distance himself from many of the unpopular bills passed recently in the Iowa Legislature.
Ms. Konfrst will face a challenging race in a district that is almost evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. However, hers is the type of district that is turning away from Republican extremism in races around the country. Also, Ms. Konfrst seems more than equal to the job of fielding a strong campaign. She has placed a heavy emphasis on volunteer activism, and seems to have a lot of energy and media savvy.
Jennifer Konfrst emphasizes strong public schools, and is interested in support that lowers class sizes, for instance. She talks about fighting wage stagnation by creating good jobs and programs for getting people into good jobs. She believes that the health care system can be improved at the state level, in order to provide health care for all. Above all, Ms. Konfrst is personable. When filing her nomination papers recently, she thanked some of her students who have been working on the campaign, but suggested that they should go and study for their midterms! This is a very exciting campaign.
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