Sandy Dockendorff
by Discover Muscatine Staff
September 22, 2020

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: Iowa State Representative #88

Political Party: Democrat

Campaign website:

Candidate email address: [email protected]

Campaign Committee: Sandy Dockendorff for Iowa House

Educational Background

NameCityStateYearsDiploma/Degree Earned
TC Williams High SchoolAlexandriaViriginia1973-74Diploma
James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgVirginia1974-78BS Psychology
George Mason UniversityFairfaxVirginia1990-91BS Nursing

Employment History

EmployerJob TitleStart DateEnd DateBrief Job Description
Empowerment Des Moines, Henry, Louisa CountiesCoordinator7/19994/2004Coordinated local community service grant program, program planning and development
John Deere Health CareRN Case Manager4/19951/1999Patient care manager/ quality improvement coordinator
Burlington Medical CenterStaff nurse19921993patient care
GW University Medical CenterStaff nurse19911992patient care
Dockendorff Business ServicesCo-Owner19861989business services
Naval Military Personnel CommandBudget Analyst19801984Budget analysis and development for Naval officers

Public Offices Held

OfficeStart DateEnd Date
Danville Community School Board09/2009current

Why are you running for election?

My background, skills and experience help me to see a pathway to solving many of the problems that Iowans are facing. An understanding of the struggles that a lot of our families experience and a belief that our future economic strength is dependent on equal opportunity for everyone and that people are the basic units of society lead me to believe that we must begin to view legislation through a lens that clearly defines who benefits from the laws we pass and who pays for the services needed. Simply cutting a budget line item does not reduce the need for those services. Common sense solutions are most often found at the most local level and state legislation should build community capacity to solve problems at the most useful and cost effective level.

What are the three most important issues facing your office over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue?
Public Education fundingPublic education is the most fundamental and cost effective economic development investment any state can provide.We need to work WITH public educators and the business community to ensure that our funding strategy is sound and secure. Schools need to know what their budget will be to make good decisions. Public education funding should not be a political football, but a reasonable discussion about how to meet the needs of Iowa’s students.
Health careAccess to good and affordable health care impacts every part of life.Increased access to information that helps individuals to make good decisions about their care. Insurance standards that make sense for Iowa. Subsidized care when needed.
Economic SecurityFamilies and businesses alike do better when they know they have the financial means to succeedIncrease wages so that the employees of some businesses are not subsidizing the shareholders of other businesses who pay such low wages that full time employees are still eligible for government subsidies. Increase the economic diversity of the state.

What are the three most important issues facing Muscatine County over the next term?

IssueWhy is this important?How will you address this issue? (if applicable)
Economic securitySame as for everyone else in the state

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

I am a facts-based decision maker. I am very open to hearing from everyone. I believe that we should always ensure that our decisions hurt no one… but when that is not possible, when there are competing ethical issues, we must always choose based on causing the least harm for those who are least resilient to that harm.

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