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Discover Muscatine offered all candidates the opportunity to provide information about themselves, their campaigns and to answer a few questions to help voters get to know them better.

Office Sought: Louisa-Muscatine Community School District School Board

Candidate email address: jennifer.a.rader@gmail.com

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
University of IowaIowa CityIowa3Bachelors of Liberal Studies (Justice & Ethics)

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
HONTimekeeperSeptember 2021CurrentSupports payroll department activities and efficiency by gathering and entering employee time and wage data within the company’s time management system
Louisa-Muscatine ElementaryPreschool ParaeducatorApril 2015May 2021assists a teacher in teaching students and carrying out daily tasks and activities, including helping in planning and scheduling class activities, education programs, encouraging a healthy learning environment, monitoring and engaging with students

Endorsements Received

OrganizationDateContact NameContact Phone
Muscatine County RepublicansAugust 2021Dan Freeman563-506-8828

Why are you running for election?

During my time as a school district employee, I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to hear what parents where feeling and concerned with. The more I listened, the more it resonated with my own thoughts for my own children. I started attending board meetings to learn what was happening before it happened. That’s why I’m here. I feel that it is absolutely necessary that parents AND children are being heard. If elected, I vow to continue to listen to parents and to be a voice for our children.

What is the most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

As a concerned parent, I feel I need to know what is happening before it happens. We need to be proactive, not reactive. If elected, I vow to continue to listen to what parents want for their own children and make decisions to that affect.

What is the second most important issue facing your office? Why does it matter? How will you address it?

Open lines of communication and community involvement are not where they should be. We need to be informed and involved in things that impact our children’s lives. This is why I became involved. I knew that was the only way to keep on top of what was happening in the community and school.

If elected, what steps would you take to improve perceptions of Muscatine in the surrounding area?

I am very happy with the Louisa-Muscatine School District. I have 3 children within the school system who have received a wonderful education and have been blessed with amazing teachers and associates. Parents need to be heard and acknowledged…I intend to listen.

What is the most important thing you would like voters to know about you that they may not?

Until recently, I was a school district employee for 6 years. I was a preschool paraeducator and was fortunate enough to work alongside so many amazing teachers and associates. I am also very actively involved in the community. I was a member of the St. Mathias pastoral council, a Girl Scout Troop Leader for 4 years, and was one of the organizers of the Fruitland 4th of July Parade and Fireworks show in 2020. I am currently a small business owner, a member of the Louisa-Muscatine PTO, and a youth league girls volleyball coach. If you were to ask anyone who knows me, they would attest that there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for our children and community.

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