URBANDALE – Author and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran Miyoko Hikiji announced her candidacy for the Iowa Senate in District 20. The seat is currently held by Senator Brad Zaun.
From 2003 to 2004 Miyoko spent 375 days in Iraq with the Iowa National Guard as a part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon her return she wrote a memoir of her time there, entitled All I Could Be: My Story as a Woman Warrior in Iraq. She lives in Urbandale with her daughters Noelle and Grace.
Announcing her candidacy in a blog post on her website, AllIowaCanBe.com, Hikiji wrote, “I’m running for the Iowa Senate because our state works best when our elected officials work together. As a passionate veterans’ advocate, I’ve traveled across the state speaking to Iowans about what matters to them and I’ve heard their frustrations with the unwillingness of both parties to communicate and compromise.”
“As a battle-tested, competent leader I believe I can help to restore trust in our state’s government. I aim to be a public servant that is fair, responsible, accountable and open, working hard to find solutions to the issues that count,” she wrote.
Hikiji is seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination and plans to campaign primarily on improving health care services for veterans, improving Iowa’s economy by raising Iowa’s minimum wage, strengthening Iowa’s schools and supporting high water quality standards.
The campaign is planning a public announcement event in August. The election for Iowa Senate District 20 is on November 8, 2016.
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