The Iowa Democratic Party Progressive Caucus is proud to highlight the candidacy of caucus member Andrea Phillips. Andrea is running for State House in District 37, deciding to challenge the unopposed Republican incumbent because she is driven to ending partisan gridlock, safeguarding Iowa’s quality of life, and pushing for legislation that will reward hardworking Iowans.
Like many Americans, Andrea has grown frustrated with the political infighting that has stalled our government at local and national levels and wants to build the lines of communication that will get Iowa’s legislature back on track. Her ultimate goal is to improve the world that her children and their peers will inherit. She brings experience working in both the United States and abroad because, at the age of 27, she became the youngest person ever elected to the Board of Governors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, China. Andrea has said, “I’ve spent my career working, negotiating, and building bridges with people from different countries and cultures – some with opinions and views completely opposite of my own – and still accomplishing our goals.” These experiences give her the ability to look at an issue from many different perspectives and lay bridges across the aisle to pass legislation that will benefit all Iowans.
Andrea’s skills in communication, negotiation, and teamwork will help smash the partisan gridlock that caused Iowa to pass its education budget 377 days late. Issues vital to Iowans like clean water and medical cannabis are also stagnating. Iowa hasn’t always been this polarized. In the past, Iowa’s leaders and representatives, Republican and Democrat, worked across the aisle for the good of the state and its people. Her international experience will usher in a return to Iowa working towards a common goal.
Andrea will ensure that we safeguard Iowa’s quality of life by addressing issues like access to mental health, where Iowa currently ranks 50 out of 50 in regards to mental health care access. Keeping Iowa’s commitment to quality public education is also a key concern for her. Andrea believes our state needs to be fiscally responsible, open, and transparent about our budget and priorities in order to ensure that our schools receive the funding necessary to prepare our children for the future.
Andrea’s vision for Iowa’s future also involves rewarding the efforts of our hardworking Iowans. She believes that in order for someone to “pull themselves up by the bootstraps” it is imperative to have a system in place where people who work full time can provide for their families and lift themselves out of poverty. Andrea values small businesses and the niche they occupy in our economic landscape. She also believes that woman has a right to earn the same wage and salary when she performs the same job as a man. In her continued support of women in the workforce, she believes we should look at the best practices of other states to find innovative sources of funding, such as public-private partnerships for paid family leave and affordable childcare. She believes policies like these will make it easier and more financially attractive for Iowans, especially women, to start their own small businesses.
Andrea believes that we must have a government that works for everyone, in order to save the middle class. If elected, Andrea will fight for all Iowans, not just those in the Democratic Party. Andrea holds herself accountable to the people she would serve as their representative for District 37. For more information about Andrea go to http://www.andreaforiowa.com/