I am committed to policies that will grow our economy, create opportunities and provide access to quality education. I will fight for workers and Iowa’s farmers, ensuring everyone can earn a living wage. We must encourage political participation from women and minorities and strive to accept each other’s differences.
Huddleston, a Storm Lake resident for thirty years, is the first-ever Latina elected to a city council in the State of Iowa. In three terms as a Storm Lake city councilwoman, Sara served as a member of the Lake Improvement Commission and the city’s Board of Appeals. She currently sits on the airport commission for the City of Storm Lake and the Judicial Magistrate Appointing Commission. Her service extends across Iowa. She was appointed by then-governor Tom Vilsack as a commissioner for Iowa’s Latino Affairs Commission and was a member of the Iowa Empowerment Board.
As a professional, a wife, and a mother, Huddleston recognizes not all Iowans can access affordable health care to meet their families’ needs. “Costly plans and exclusions based on preexisting conditions affect not only the health of Iowa’s citizens, but the economic development of the state,” says Huddleston.
Huddleston knows investment in K-12 education is the foundation for achievement and happiness in life. “Ensuring all of Iowa’s children are provided educational opportunities and support help guarantee their future success,” says Huddleston. “Higher education must be affordable and accessible, and attendance at one of Iowa’s incredible state, private or community college shouldn’t be outside anyone’s reach.”
A living wage is imperative for communities and the states to prosper. Huddleston believes a fair, competitive wage is vital to our economy. As a strong supporter of small businesses, an investment in a living wage will not only aid development of small businesses but help keep graduates in Iowa and reduce the flight of our young and talented workforce.
The participation of women in public office is essential to building and sustaining strong vibrant, democracies. “Women’s political involvement results in greater responsiveness to citizen needs and increases cooperation across party and ethnic lines. Working together, I believe that we can have a positive impact in Buena Vista and Sac counties.”