Center Point, IA – Today, longtime area educator, Richard Whitehead, announced that he will run for State Representative in House District 95. This district includes parts of Linn County and parts of Buchanan County, including the communities of Center Point, Palo, Walker, Central City, Springville, Prairieburg, Mt. Vernon, and Lisbon.
“I am running for State Representative because politicians in Des Moines must start working together to insure our children’s future,” said Richard Whitehead. “Properly investing in our children’s education means preparing our children for the jobs of the 21st century economy. As an educator of more than 40 years, I have seen what works in the classroom. I will work with Democrats and Republicans to do what is right for Iowa’s parents and children.”
Whitehead began his career in the Center Point-Urbana School District teaching social studies. He went on to become principal and superintendent over the course of his 32-year career in Center Point. Following his time at Center Point-Urbana, Richard went on to serve as superintendent of the College Community School District from 2003 to 2012. Whitehead has been an area leader in promoting Early Childhood Education, STEM education, and Personalized Learning in schools.
“Iowa’s parents and children deserve a legislature that works together to do what is best for our children,” said Richard. “Throughout my career I have worked with community groups to identify common values and find solutions that benefit the community and its children.”
Whitehead was born in Des Moines and spent his early years there. As a high school sophomore, his family moved to southwest Iowa where he graduated from Clarinda High School in 1967. He attended one year of community college before completing his BA degree at Simpson College, where he played football and married his high school sweetheart. He completed his MA and additional graduate work at the University of Northern Iowa.
“In the legislature, I’ll not only be an advocate for public education, but for hardworking Iowans,” added Whitehead. “I will work with members of both parties, local businesses, entrepreneurs, and workers to advance the interests of middle class Iowans.”
Whitehead is currently retired and lives in Center Point with his wife Donna, also a retired educator. Richard and Donna have 3 children and 10 grandchildren.