Lance Roorda announced Monday that he is running for the Iowa Senate in 2020.
“I’m running to ensure that basic services exist in rural Iowa over the next decade,” said Roorda, a small business owner and Mahaska County native. “We need a new generation of leaders at the Statehouse that will focus on revitalizing the economy in all counties, improving access to health care, and improving education in our small towns and rural areas.”
Roorda is running in District 40, which includes all of Appanoose, Mahaska and Monroe counties; portions of Wapello County (including the cities of Blakesburg, Chillicothe, Eddyville and Kirkville); and the city of Pella in Marion County.
A graduate of Pella Community High School, Roorda earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa. He went on to serve local communities in his work for Lutheran Services of Iowa, the Iowa Department of Human Services, the Iowa Department of Public Health, Veterans Affairs, and the Mahaska Heath Partnership. Earlier this year, Roorda started Eunoia Counseling in Oskaloosa, which provides Mental Health counseling for children, adults, and families.
Lance and his wife, Skyler Roorda, have two children Quinn (10) and Iris (4), and recently moved back to his family’s Century Farm in Leighton, Iowa. After living in the Des Moines Metropolitan area for several years, Roorda wanted his children to grow up with the same values and sense of community that characterized his upbringing. They are members of 3rd Church in Pella and Lance’s parents, Jerry and Shaughn, own and operate In’t Veld’s Meat Market.
In the Iowa Senate, Roorda says he will focus on initiatives to ensure that more young Iowan families, like his, will return to rural areas and small towns after completing job training, apprenticeships, and college. This includes:
- Expanding access to broadband and high-speed internet service in all parts of the state.
- Increasing the state’s investment in public K-12 schools, especially in small town and rural areas. This includes reducing the property tax burden for homeowners.
- Increasing access to recreational and cultural opportunities.
- Bringing farmers and other rural Iowans to the table for discussions about improving water quality and natural resources in Iowa.
- Expanding access to affordable health care for all Iowans, including mental health services.
- Fixing the current mental health crisis in our state.
“I would love to hear from anyone with ideas about how to get our state moving back in the right direction and working for all Iowans,” Roorda said. “People should feel free to call me at 641-569-8092 or e-mail me at email@example.com.”
Lance has announced a series of fundraising events to kick off his campaign. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come.
- Dec. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at Smokey Row in Oskaloosa
- Dec. 6, 6-8 p.m. at Tamory Hall in Pella.
- Dec. 14, Centerville (details to be announced soon)