Greener will challenge Klein
WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – Democrat John Greener will face off against incumbent Republican House representative Jarad Klein in November for the Iowa House District 78 seat after Greener was selected to run at a special district convention Tuesday evening.
About 30 delegates from Washington and Keokuk counties gathered to nominate Greener to run for the office. Greener said that he had run as a write-in candidate during the primary election, but had not received the 35 percent of the vote necessary to be placed on the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election. He said that he was the only person nominated during the convention.
“I taught world history, American history, U.S. government, sociology and economics for 36 years,” Greener said. “I always taught my students that a citizen is active. It is my turn to be active.”
While he has not held political office in the past, Greener has volunteered for many organizations and has served as the Washington County Democratic Party chair twice.
Greener said that if elected, he hopes to “bring a breath of fresh air” to Des Moines. He said that he hopes to be a “thinking legislator.”
“I believe in reading both sides,” he said. “I’ll see what the Republicans say, and I’ll see what the Democrats say. Then I will decide if I can represent my district by going with either one of them. If I can’t, I’ll make some trouble.”
He feels he has the “perspective of an insider without being an insider.” He said that he has served on several committees and cited experience and judgment as reasons he hopes people will vote for him.
Greener said he feels he has a good chance of winning the election. He said he would not have agreed to run for the office if he did not plan to win.
Klein said Tuesday he had known for a few weeks that Greener had planned to run for the District 78 seat.
“I am looking forward to taking my message to the people of Washington and Keokuk counties,” Klein said. “I think my record of property tax cuts and a balanced budget will speak for itself.”
Klein assumed the office on Jan. 10, 2011.