I can't vote for Sen. Steve Sodders, but I encourage everyone who does live in his district to vote for him. Here's why.
I was born and raised in Iowa. After graduating from high school in Perry, I worked construction and gradually became a subcontractor remodeling homes. When housing collapse starting in 2008, I was struggling.
Things changed when I got into the wind energy program at Estherville community college. I worked hard, had great teachers, and the facilities there are some of the best in the world.
When I graduated, I was immediately hired by a top company to do maintenance, climbing to the top of the towers to work on turbines. Thanks to what I learned an Iowa community college, I quickly became a crew leader. My team did repairs and upgrades on wind farms all across the United States.
Today, I've got a great job with benefits, including the chance to stay here in Iowa near my family.
Sen. Sodders helped make this possible. He fought to invest in community colleges, keeping classes top notch and tuition affordable.
That's one of several things he's done to make Iowa's wind industry a national leader.
Vote Sen. Steve Sodders, and your vote will make a difference. He's already made a difference for lots of people, including me.