Former State Representative John Beard of Decorah has announced he will run for the Iowa State Senate.
Beard intends to be a candidate in the newly created District 28, which includes all of Allamakee County, Clayton County and parts of Winneshiek County and Fayette County.
Beard says his experience as a business owner, beef producer, conservationist and civic leader give him a depth of understanding and demonstrate his commitment to Northeast Iowa. Beard previously served one term in the Iowa House, from 2009-2011.
For the last 30 years, he has operated J.W. Beard Welding and Machine in Decorah. He is also a partner in the family beef operation, on a farm that has been in the family for more than 150 years.
Beard lives in Pleasant Township with his wife, RoJene, who is a teacher in Decorah schools. They have a 19-year-old son, Chance, who is a freshman in college. John's brother, Daniel, is a full-time organic dairy/beef producer, and his family lives on an adjoining farm. His sister, Barbara Kraus, is a veterinarian and produce farmer, and her family also lives close by.
Said Beard, "I encourage anyone to call me anytime at my home, (563) 382-4993 or email me at email@example.com."