ATLANTIC — Warren Varley, an Adair County attorney and farmer, has announced that he is running for the Iowa Senate seat in District 10, an area including all of Adair and Guthrie counties, most of Dallas County, four townships in northeast Cass County, and Union Township in Polk County, including Polk City.
He will be running against Republican Jake Chapman from Adel.
“I’m running for the Iowa Senate because we need new leadership at the Capitol,” Varley said. “Instead of focusing on political games and partisan bickering, we need a new State Senator who will work to revitalize all parts of Dallas, Guthrie, Adair and Cass counties. I am committed to helping create good jobs, expanding access to affordable health care, and improving education and opportunities in our small towns and rural areas.”
Varley, a Democrat, is a main street business owner — as an attorney at Varley Law Office, in Stuart — with 25 years experience and is also a farmer.
He is a leader in rural economic development across the district, and was elected president of Midwest Partnership and Stuart Enterprise for Economic Development. He has also been active in numerous community organizations, including Project Restore Foundation, Stuart Library Foundation, Adair County Farm Bureau, and Adair County Memorial Hospital Board.
Varley said he has been interested in politics all of his life, “I’ve had a keen interest in how state policy affects life here in rural Iowa, and I just feel we are on the wrong track right now, on what we should be doing to revitalize rural Iowa.”
He said he had decided to throw his hat in the ring, and has had a lot of support and encouragement. “I think we should put someone in the legislature who will fight for rural Iowa.”
“I think we have a lot to offer in terms of quality of life,” he said, “If we cut state services, if we cut education, we risk losing that.”
He has been married for 36 years to his wife, Karen. They met in Iowa State University as agriculture students, and live on the family farm in Adair County. The couple has four grown children and are members of the United Methodist Church.
Among his goals, Varley said, “I will listen to the people of this district and then get to work to make our government and this economy work for all Iowans. It is time to invest in creating the future that we want for our children and grandchildren. We must build an economy that rewards hard work and industry, not just wealth and power. That means good paying jobs, accessible and affordable health care, and a good education system.”