Carrie Koelker Launches Campaign for Iowa Senate District 29

DYERSVILLE, IA – Today, Carrie Koelker officially announced her candidacy for Iowa Senate District 29.  Koelker will challenge incumbent Senator Tod Bowman in November 2018. As a lifelong Iowan, Koelker understands what makes our communities special. She will put that knowledge and expertise to work for Iowans in Senate District 29.

Through her work at the Eastern Iowa Tourism Association – where she has served as executive director since 2000 – and the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau, Koelker has over two decades of experience strengthening communities in Eastern Iowa.

That experience in economic development provides Koelker with the knowledge and experience to benefit economic development efforts in rural Iowa. She recognizes partnerships between the public and private sectors as the best way to ensure a bright future for Iowa’s rural communities. Koelker is committed to reducing taxes, so families can keep more of the money they earn, and so that job creators can bring new opportunities to Eastern Iowa.

Koelker understands new career opportunities for Iowa communities require an educated workforce.  She is committed to a strong education system that works for all Iowans, helps students reach their full potential, and produces career-ready graduates.  Whether through a two or four-year college, vocational program, apprenticeship, military service, or going directly into the workforce, Koelker believes Iowa’s secondary education system must ensure post-secondary success by helping Iowans receive the skills and training necessary to compete in a knowledge-based economy.

Carrie Koelker lives in Dyersville with her husband Barry and four children. She is deeply engaged with her community, serving on the board of the Dyersville Area Community Foundation, the Iowa Destination Marketing Alliance, the Travel Federation of Iowa, and the Beckman High School Booster Club. To learn more about her candidacy, please visit her campaign Facebook page at