(KTIV) – Siouxland will see some new representation in the Iowa District 7.
Jackie Smith defeated two-term Senator Rick Bertrand in Tuesday’s Midterm Election.
“I knocked on a lot of doors during this campaign. And I talked to a lot of folks about their struggles,” said Smith. “I feel like they need new leadership. So I think we (Rick Bertrand) ran strong campaigns and you leave it up to the voters. And ultimately they decided they wanted to see a different direction.”
On Thursday KTIV’s Stella Daskalakis sat down with the newly-elected senator and former Woodbury County Board Supervisor about what her agenda will be for the community.
She said speaking with voters, education is a concern.
“It is a pathway for better jobs. Families want their kids prepared for the 21st century,” said Smith. “So starting from preschool all the way up to community college, making sure there are tech programs, college being affordable. So education is a key. And (making sure) healthcare that is accessible and affordable.”