Srinivas to run for Iowa House

Democrat seeks to replace Miller

Megan Srinivas

A Fort Dodge native who has returned to her hometown to practice medicine also wants to serve the community in the Iowa House of Representatives.

Dr. Megan Srinivas announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination in House District 9 on Monday.

She hopes to replace state Rep. Helen Miller, D-Fort Dodge, who is retiring after 16 years in the Legislature.

“We’ve been well served by Rep. Miller,” Srinivas said.

“Fort Dodge deserves the best representation and somebody who will bring people together to better our community,” she said. “We all want so many of the same things: health care that’s affordable and accessible, a job that pays a good wage with benefits, a great Iowa education and a safe community. These aren’t partisan issues, they’re just common sense.”

Srinivas is the only candidate for the Democratic nomination so far. Ann Meyer and Gary Waechter are seeking the Republican nomination.

House District 9 includes Badger, Clare, Duncombe, Fort Dodge, Vincent and rural areas of northern Webster County.

Srinivas is making her first run for public office.

She said that recently she’s witnessed state government chipping away at some of the things that made growing up in Fort Dodge great. Cuts to education and health care are the two things that upset her the most, she said.

“Watching that happen just made me realize that hey, this is the time I have to stand up,” she said.

She said health care, education and economic development will be her priorities if she is elected.

Srinivas will soon begin seeing patients at the Community Health Center of Fort Dodge.

She is a graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School. She was appointed by Gov. Tom Vilsack to serve as the first student representative on the Iowa Board of Education.

She earned a bachelor’s degree and graduate degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She then earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.