Swati Dandekar said she has experience as a school board member and in the Iowa House and Senate which would serve her well in Congress.
The former state legislator from Marion made a campaign swing through Marshalltown Friday in her bid for the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House in the 1st District.
She said she also has national leadership experience as part of a women's legislative group and as a member of the Iowa Utilities Board.
"I'm the only candidate with experience at all three levels - local, state and national," Dandekar said. "I have shown that I can work together in a timely and congenial manner."
Her campaign focuses on improving job growth and the economy, boosting education and making quality, affordable health care.
She said one of the keys to helping business and education is the expansion of high speed Internet - especially in rural areas.
"High speed Internet has to be part of our infrastructure," Dandekar said.
She would also like to see expansion of wind energy and universal preschool.
"Research shows that when kids go to preschool they do well in school," Dandekar said.
She said expanding telemedicine would also cut down on health care costs as people could see a doctor online. Telemedicine also would need the expansion of high speed Internet, Dandekar said.
The 20-county 1st District spans from the Dubuque area to Marshalltown.
"I'm visiting every county again and again," Dandekar said.
Dandekar said her love of Iowa led her to become a U.S. House candidate.
"I love my state of Iowa," she said. "I want to do what is best for Iowa - especially for our children and our grandchildren."
Other Democratic candidates in the 1st District for the June 3 primary include Anesa Kajtazovic, Pat Murphy, Dave O'Brien and Monica Vernon.