Education and jobs for the middle class are Shelly Stotts' main platforms as she campaigns for the district 24 state senate seat. Stotts has taught fifth and six graders for 28 years. She said students are being affected by harsh economic realities.
"Our kids today are coming to school with needs they've never had before," Stotts said. "Food, clothing, they don't know if they're going to have a bed to sleep in at night."
Stotts said the more she has spoken to community members of the newly revised district 24, the more she found education issues and economic security for the middle class are tied together.
- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Jim Krajewski
Shelly Stotts talks with Hamilton County residents at the Hamilton County Fair last Wednesday. Stotts tended the Democrat booth with several volunteers to discuss their economic and social platforms with community members.
"When the kids don't have to worry about all those needs, they do better in school," Stotts said.
A Boone native, Stotts received her degree at Iowa State University and got her masters in school guidance. A widow, Stotts raised her two daughters from youth on her own and said she understands the difficulties of living as a single mother.
Democrat Stotts will be facing incumbent Republican Jerry Behn in November. This will be the first election after the state redistricting plan was enacted in April of 2011. She said the redistricting has caused some confusion among the electorate, as she spoke to people in Stanhope who didn't know they could vote for her.