Kristi Hager announces candidacy for Iowa House of Representatives

Kristi Hager of Waukon has announced her candidacy to run for the Iowa House of Representatives District 56, which encompasses Allamakee and most of Clayton County. The general election is November 8 this year. District 56 is currently served by Patti Ruff of McGregor.
Hager has lived most of her life in Allamakee County. She was born to the late Emmett and Betty (Berns) Howe of Waukon and attended Northeast Iowa Technical Institute (NITI) in Calmar, receiving her associates degree in nursing before marrying her husband, Bob, in 1986.
They have three daughters. Aubree is married to Chris Peterman, and they have two children, Kaden and Kinley. She serves in the United States Air Force (USAF) and is currently stationed in Minot, ND. Alyssa lives and works in Cedar Falls, having obtained her bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Alaina and her husband, Jesse Lamica, live in Anchorage, AK, where she, too, is serving in the USAF. During her years of raising their three daughters, Hager attended the University of Dubuque, furthering her education by obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1995.
The Hagers have owned and operated Upper Iowa Resort & Rental near Dorchester for the past 17 years. They opened Living Stone, a non-profit, faith-based re-entry home for people coming out of jail/prison, homeless, or individuals in need of a “hand up,” which operated from March 2009 until the Fall of 2012. Hager has worked as an RN since July 1985 in various capacities, having stepped away from full-time nursing five years ago. She subs occasionally as a school nurse through the Allamakee Community School District.
Hager is a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Waukon and has been involved in the CEW (Christian Experience Weekend), jail/prison ministry, and various civic groups over the years that have included Waukon Jaycees, Girl Scouts, 4-H leader, church board, and serving on the Allamakee Assessor's Board of Reviews.
Initially approached to run for the State House in August, Hager says she couldn’t shake the statement she once heard:  "Can you look your children and grandchildren in the eyes and say you did everything possible to maintain what this country was founded on?" After conversations with others and prayer, she received the peace to go forward.
Having accompanied her husband as he ran for State House and served the then District 16 from 2011-12, she knows what lies ahead. In November she sought the support from the Allamakee and Clayton Republican Central Committees.
“I remember being present in the House Chamber as Gov. Branstad gave his 2012 State of the State address,” Hager says, “and heard him speak of wanting  Iowa to be ‘a bright beacon of hope to the rest of the nation’. Something inside of me was stirred. I have never forgotten that!”
Hager believes Iowa is a bright beacon of hope; not only as the First in the Nation Caucus status but because of being a breadbasket to the nations. She says Iowa has been a forerunner in education, economics, agriculture, family, entertainment/arts, business/tourism, government, media, and religion.
Hager says her priorities center on faith, strengthening family, and fiscal responsibility. Knowing that the projected revenues will be down this year and the state budget has increased overall, the question in deciding new legislation is not only “Who will it help?” but “Who does this hurt?” all while maintaining fiscal responsibility, she says.
Hager identifies her strengths as the ability to:  (1) see the big picture and formulate solutions, (2)  articulate in a way that is easily understood, (3) be creative in ‘thinking outside of the box’, and (4) empowering others to embrace their own destiny.
“I am in the process of becoming educated on the issues/concerns affecting Allamakee, Clayton and Iowa as a whole,” she said. Hager is open to meeting with individuals and groups to discuss issues impacting them. She can be reached at 563-568-1084 or

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