Joe Judge of Albia announced Monday that he has officially filed papers to be a candidate for the new Iowa House district 80. The district includes all of Appanoose and Monroe Counties along with the western half of Wapello and the eastern half of Mahaska Counties.
“In our hometowns we believe that families deserve good jobs and our kids deserve a good education. We need elected officials that will stand up and fight for those values. With your help and your vote, I will be that voice, our voice, for our hometowns, our families and our future.”
Judge is a life-long southern Iowan who grew up on the family cow-calf farm east of Albia. He earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History in 2001, a master’s degree in Social Studies Education in 2004, and a Master’s degree in School Administration in 2009 from the University of Iowa. For the last 8 years, Joe has been a Government and History teacher in Albia. He is also the head boys tennis coach and served as the head sponsor for the drama program, Letter Winners Club and Blue Pride Club. Along with his teaching and coaching responsibilities, Judge serves on the Albia Community School District’s Teacher Quality Committee, Labor-Management Committee, and the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan Committee, where he has built a reputation of building consensus and finding win-win solutions to problems.
“I am excited at the opportunity of serving our southern Iowa communities in the state legislature. I am running for the Iowa House for the same reason I chose to come home and teach. I love southern Iowa, its hometowns and its families. We have some unique challenges that demand a strong voice in the Iowa Legislature. A strong voice that understands and knows how government works, that can build consensus and get things done.”
Joe Judge is no stranger to politics having grown up in a politically active family. As a child, he first campaigned with his mother, Patty Judge. Judge quickly made a name for himself on his own, however. He was elected to the Democratic National Convention in 2000 and 2008, was a member of the Democratic State Central Committee from 2002-2006, was the Chair of the 3rd District Democratic Central Committee from 2004-2006, the Monroe County Democratic Chair from 2006-2009 and was elected in 2008 as one of Iowa’s seven Presidential Electors in the Electoral College.
"The four counties represented in District 80 need a strong voice to speak up for them in the Iowa House of Representatives. We are in desperate need of good jobs to keep and attract a work force. Our schools must provide the highest quality education to keep our kids competitive as they enter college or the work force. I have the proven political experience to get things done, as a teacher I know the educational needs of our part of the state and have seen first hand the challenges that poverty brings to our communities."
Judge ended, "We have the best tourist attraction in the state at Lake Rathbun and the beauty of our natural resources are second to none. But, we have to let the world know and that has to begin in the Iowa House of Representatives.