Brenda Brink, a community leader and former educator from Huxley, has announced her candidacy to represent Iowa House District 49, which includes Hardin and Story counties.

“I’m running for the Iowa House because for a long time, we took it for granted that Iowans in political power had our best interests at heart. But, after the last harmful legislative session, many of us realized that we must now pitch in and fix the mess politicians in Des Moines left,” Brink said. “I am an everyday Iowan who has the heart and energy to fight for the interest of hardworking families like mine across the state. I want an Iowa that is healthy and prosperous, that keeps our young people here, and attracts others to move here and help us grow.”

Brink was born and raised in southwest Iowa on a farm in Fremont County. She attended Iowa State University and became a licensed dietitian. Previously, Brink worked at Mercy Hospital and Bethany Life as a dietitian, primarily caring for older Iowans. Brink then went on to teach nutrition courses at DMACC.

“As a lifelong Iowan, I’m ready to stand up for rural communities across in the Iowa House. I will be a tireless advocate for public education; bring good jobs to our rural communities; make sure all Iowans have accessible, affordable healthcare; and protect our environment through sustainable solutions,” she said.

Brink and her husband, Curtis Burger, have been married for 32 years and they have two sons. Brink has spent much of her life improving her community through many different causes and organizations. She has been involved with 4-H since her youth, citing it as an excellent opportunity for community service and leadership and continues to be involved in Story County 4-H. Brink has also led Ballard Community Dollars for Scholars.

“I believe that our rural communities are worth fighting for because we don’t have an Iowa without them. This campaign is about advocating for the people I’ve known my whole life: everyday Iowans who work hard and want the same opportunities for their kids that they had,” Brink said.

Brink is holding two candidate meet-and-greets this month, the first on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. at Pine Lake State Park in Eldora and the second on Thursday, Oct. 19, at 5 p.m., at Black Cat Acres in Nevada.