BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
DES MOINES – State Representative Jerry Kearns has indicated via Facebook and through media releases that he will not be seeking re-election to House District 83 in the November 2018 general election.
When contacted Wednesday night, Kearns said he had heard of people in the district who were interested in running for the seat.
“I’ve heard a couple three names, but they haven’t declared yet, so I’m not comfortable giving those out yet.” he said.
Kearns of Keokuk has represented the 83rd district for 10 years and said it’s time to step aside and let others lead.
“I am completing my tenth year in the House, and that is a reasonably long tenure for a citizen legislator,” he said. “I retired from my regular job last year and while I enjoy serving in the Legislature, I believe now is the time to step aside and make room for others to serve.”
Kearns’ previous public service included eighteen years as a Lee County Supervisor and four years in the United States Air Force.
“I have always been pleased to serve the public in whatever capacity I was involved, and appreciate the confidence placed in me in representing the citizens of Lee County in all these areas. I encourage those who might be interested in public service in the legislature to step forward in order that the citizens of District #83 may consider your candidacy,” he wrote on Facebook Wednesday afternoon.
“Once again, I want to thank everyone for allowing me to represent you over the years”.