School Choice Supporters Victorious in Iowa Primary

The American Federation for Children, the nation’s voice for educational choice, congratulates all the Iowa candidates supported by the American Federation for Children Action Fund during Tuesday’s primary election. The AFC-AF invested more than $257,000 in state races to support school choice proponents during the 2022 primary.

School choice was a keystone issue during Iowa’s 2022 legislative session, with Governor Kim Reynolds demonstrating determined leadership. Despite comfortably passing the Republican-led Senate, their colleagues in the Iowa House again came up short in passing one of the nation’s more expansive Education Savings Account programs this year. Due to this inaction, voters across Iowa spoke at the ballot box by selecting candidates who will support giving families more control of their child’s education.

Of Tuesday’s successful AFC-Action Fund-supported candidates, four were challengers to anti-school choice incumbents.

Statement from Tommy Schultz, CEO, American Federation for Children: 

“Parents deserve the ability to craft the education that best serves their children, and Iowa families spoke very clearly in the primary elections: School choice is a top-tier issue.

“I am thankful for the continued leadership of Governor Reynolds and the Senate Republican Caucus and am confident a pro-school choice majority in the House will soon give Iowa families the education freedom they deserve.”

Details:

The following winning candidates were supported by the American Federation for Children Action Fund:

  • Zach Dieken HD 5
  • Ken Carlson HD 13
  • Sarah Abdouch HD 20
  • Barb Kniff-McCulla HD 37
  • Dean Fisher HD 53
  • Charley Thomson HD 58
  • Helena Hayes HD 88
  • Heather Hora HD 92

At the time of press release, Colman Silbernagel held a slight lead in the race for SD 42.

AFC Action Fund also opposed the following unsuccessful candidate, based on his stance against education freedom:

  • Education Committee Chair Dustin Hite HD 88