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Deidre Dzier visits Burlington to talk education, health care, abortion

About six dozen people gathered at the Heritage Garden on Washington Street on Saturday to hear the speech of the Democratic nominee for Iowa governor Deidre Dzier.

Sponsored by the Des Moines County Democrats, the event was organized and coordinated by Richard EM Heron and Sherry Hutchcroft.

“I was disappointed with how Republicans are running the state,” Hutchcroft said, so he and Heron decided to bring DeZire to town.

After an introduction by Heron, who was wearing a “Fund Public Schools” T-shirt, and a heartfelt rendition of the national anthem by Emily Folker, founder of the mental health education advocacy Fingerprint Project, former Iowa Sen. Tom Courtney began Dezier and Illustrated its background.

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Dzier and her family moved to Oklahoma before moving to Iowa. DeJear earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, where she lives with her husband today.

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“She’s a great candidate,” said Courtney, “We’re Not Going to Take It” as Twisted Sister stormed the room and Dezier stood up and entered an ovation.

Iowa gubernatorial candidate Deidre Dzier speaks during a meet-and-greet event hosted by Des Moines County Democrats, Saturday, July 2, 2022, at the Heritage Garden, 620 Washington St. Burlington.  DeJear is competing to oust Republican Kim Reynolds, who has served as governor of Iowa since May 24, 2017.

DeJear credits Courtney, Heron and Hutchcroft and pointed to Iowa representative Dennis Cohoon, who was also in attendance.

DeJear made history last month when she officially became the first black major party nominee for governor of Iowa.

The 36-year-old businessman spoke on a range of topics, from voting rights to water quality to Republican Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa, but education and health care were key.

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