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Meskwaki executive to run for Iowa House

Blackcloud-Garcia seeks District 72 seat

March 18, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Tama resident Christina Blackcloud-Garcia has announced her intentions to run as a Democrat for the Iowa House in District 72. The area includes Tama County and a part of Marshall County and Blackhawk County and was previously served by Rep. Lance Horbach, R-Tama, who is not running again.

Blackcloud-Garcia is the executive director of tribal operations at the Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi (Meskwaki Nation).

She said she will work to try to get both sides of the aisle to work together to help Iowans.

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"I care for this district and I want to represent them and I'm ready," she said.

She has previous political experience working as an intern for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and for U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa.

"That really opened my eyes to all the issues out there," Blackcloud-Garcia said.

Her two main areas of focus for improvement for the area are education and economic development. She also wants to work toward a balanced state budget.

Blackcloud-Garcia will run in the June 5 primary against Democrat Nathan Wrage of Gladbrook. Garwin resident Dean Fisher is running as a Republican for the seat.

Fisher has already been campaigning for months, so if Blackcloud-Garcia gets the Democratic nod she realizes she has some catching up to do.

"I plan to have listening posts and be out in the community that I want to represent," she said.



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