Friday, May 06, 2011

Heckroth on Comeback Trail

Heckroth on Comeback Trail

Call it a comeback: Former Senator Bill Heckroth, D-Waverly, is looking to return to the legislature next year, this time across the rotunda:
Long-time Waverly community leader and small business owner Bill Heckroth announced today that he will run for State Representative in the new House District 63. Heckroth already knows the people of Bremer County and northern Black Hawk County well after serving for four years in the Iowa Senate.

“A strong rural Iowa economy depends on thriving small businesses, a strong agricultural economy, and a skilled workforce ready for the jobs of the 21st Century,” said Heckroth, who owns Financial Architects in Waverly. "I will focus on those three key areas, while also keeping the state's fiscal house in order."

In addition to operating his business, Heckroth is a member of the Waverly Rotary club and the Knights of Columbus. Since moving to Waverly in 1987, he has also been active in leadership rolls with the Waverly-Shell Rock High School Booster Club, United Way of Waverly-Shell Rock, the Waverly Parks and Recreation Board, St. Mary’s Catholic Church Parish Council, and the Bartels Lutheran Retirement Community Board of Directors and Strategic Planning Committee and several other organizations.

“I have always appreciated the many opportunities I have had over the years to actively serve our community and our State. This is one more way that I can take an active leadership role to help make our state a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” said Heckroth. "I am extremely excited about this opportunity!"

Bill was raised in Dysart, a farming community just south of Waterloo and is a graduate of the University of Iowa where he earned his Financial Management degree and played baseball for the Hawkeyes. He is married to Jan Heckroth, who is a chaplain in a Waterloo hospital, and they have three grown sons.
New House 63 has no incumbent. It's Bremer County and the northern tier of Black Hawk; up to the Waterloo city limits and including Dunkerton.

New House 63 is not the best Democratic turf, with a GOP registration edge of 1170. But that's a smidge better than Heckroth's old Senate district, and he's probably the strongest candidate Democrats could hope for. The new turf was almost entirely in his old Senate seat.

Heckroth won a hard-fought 2006 race when Republican Bob Brunkhorst stepped down. But he lost a high-spending race last year to Bill Dix, himself making a comeback after four years out.

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