Iowa State hosts open forum for Iowa House of Representatives candidates

Frances Myers

There will be an open forum for candidates for the 45th and 46th Districts of the Iowa House of Representatives on Thursday, Oct. 26.

Candidates Lisa Heddons, Dane Nealson, Eric Cooper, Stephen Quist and Beth Wessel-Kroeschell will answer questions from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Room 305 of Carver Hall, as well as represent interests of Ames residents and ISU students.

Democrat Heddons is currently serving her fifth term in the Iowa House. She currently serves on the Appropriations, Human Resources, Economic Growth and Veterans Affairs Committees and is also a ranking member on the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Cooper is a Libertarian candidate. In 1988, he received a bachelor’s degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Kansas, and in 1993, he received a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota. He currently is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Iowa State.

Republican candidate Nealson is a 2010 graduate of Iowa State in political science. According to his political website, he looks to improve economic growth in the private sector “to ensure that young entrepreneurs and innovators can succeed and prosper.”

Republican candidate Quist is a senior in marketing at Iowa State and is planning on graduating in the fall, according to his political website. He serves as president of his fraternity and is chair of the College of Republicans.

Wessel-Kroeschell is currently serving her fourth term in the House. She is a ranking member of the Human Resources Committee and serves on the Judiciary and Environmental Protection committees and the Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee.

Questions should pertain to state legislative issues, especially pertaining to the ISU community, and should be asked in 30 seconds or less.

Refreshments will be provided.