To the editor:
Due to the redistricting that happened last year, Greene County is getting ready to say goodbye to our Sen. Daryl Beall. The senator is losing Greene County, but picked up Pocahontas and Humboldt, as well as, Calhoun and Webster counties. I would like to take this opportunity to let the citizens of these counties know what a gem they have in Sen. Beall. Greene County's loss is these counties' gain.
First and foremost, Daryl is a family man. He's been married to his wife, JoAnn, for 44 years. He has three children and 11 grandchildren. His convictions and dedication to his family are apparent in his dealings as a lawmaker, especially with the bill he named "Drew's Bill," named after his grandson Drew. Drew has autism, and the bill gives families affected by autism help by making sure insurance companies will cover families that are affected by this condition.
Daryl is a compassionate person. That comes across in the Safe Schools bill, a bill that makes it illegal to bully someone in school. The law brought this dark subject out of the shadows and to the forefront of thoughtful discourse so that the public can begin to find a solution to this horrific and painful problem.
Sen. Beall is a lawmaker who is known as a person twho can reach across the aisle and compromise for the good of the state. In 2006, Rick Morain, the editor of "The Herald", here in Jefferson, endorsed both Sen. Daryl Beall, and Rep. Dave Tjepkes, citing them as "poster boys for bipartisan cooperation ... because they work closely, cooperatively collaborating together for the betterment of the people in District 25."
Sen. Beall has worked tirelessly for numerous causes: education, veterans affairs, and citizen's with disabilities, mental health issues, wind energy, multicultural inclusion, and nondiscrimination.
In 2010, Sen. Beall received the President Herbert Hoover Award for Uncommon Public Service. He was nominated by the Iowa Central Student Senate. In nominating him the Senate stated: "Senator Beall has been a true role model in government who is particularly deserving of this award. He has wide bipartisan support in our area as well as the state. As a member of the Iowa Legislature, Sen. Beall has repeatedly demonstrated what leadership, honor, integrity, generosity, and hard work best represent the public servant."
Daryl, ya done good.