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Marshalltown man announces candidacy

Marshalltown resident and Republican Tony Reed announced his candidacy for the District 71 Iowa State Representative position.

The seat is held by Mark Smith of Marshalltown who announced his retirement from the state government.

The election will be held in November. District 71 is comprised of Marshalltown and the townships of Bangor, Liscomb, Vienna, Taylor and Marion.

“I understand running for political office, especially a state seat, is a major commitment,” Reed said. “I have been thinking about this for approximately 15 years. I have had friends, family and others say to me, ‘We need a voice like yours in the capital.’ Running for this seat seems like the right spot. I decided to make a run for it and I am all in.”

The candidate, originally from Independence, attended the University of Northern Iowa and graduated with a degree focused on Human Services Agency Administration. He has been a Marshalltown resident since 1994. Reed has served as the executive director of Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center for more than 25 years.

“I have had the opportunity to work with the Iowa Legislature through my work with juvenile justice and children’s mental health.  During this time, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge about these issues and the legislative process that I want to take to the Statehouse in Des Moines. I will be a strong voice for the residents of Marshalltown and the surrounding community and will work hard to serve them.” Reed said.

Reed promises to provide common sense leadership for the people of Marshall County.

“My wife, Sara and I have chosen Marshalltown to raise our five children. Marshalltown offers families many great opportunities that can be further enhanced through the legislative process,” he said. “I want to ensure our kids get the best education possible and that they have the mental health supports that they need. I will work to reduce wasteful government spending and ensure that taxpayers are put first. I truly look forward to the opportunity to serve you as your State Representative.”

Reed has served on the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council for 15 years and has served as a Drug Court Panel Member for Marshall County Community Corrections.

He was also President of the Central Iowa Property Association, volunteered as a youth sports coach and for Special Olympics. He has volunteered for numerous school related extra-curricular activities and worked closely with Northstar Community Services and Central Iowa Community Services to provide housing for clients with disabilities.

Reed is also a small business owner, operating All American Property Management for over 25 years.

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