Hi, I'm Jed Ganzer
Jed Ganzer was born and raised in Wheatland, Iowa. His impeccable work ethic was instilled in him by his parents Roy and Leana not to mention the local farmers he worked for detasseling corn and baling hay. Jed graduated in 1984 as class president of Wheatland High School. Later he attended Iowa State University graduating with a BBA. In 1998 he graduated from the University of Iowa with a MA in Education.
Ganzer started his career in 1990 at the Handicapped Development Center in Davenport as a program lead supporting children and adults with mental disabilities. In 1998 Ganzer continued down the path of improving people’s lives by starting his new career as a special education teacher at Davenport West High School. He continues to provide a quality education for students there. He spends 75% of his time in a co-teaching classroom with the general education teacher and 25% of his time in a pull-out setting classroom. He has made lasting impacts on hundreds if not thousands of students. At the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year, Ganzer was even referenced in the class president’s graduation speech.
Jed has resided in DeWitt, Iowa for over 20 years where he has also maintained a small business, Jed Ganzer Roofing. He will bring his hard work ethic to his constituents and the state of Iowa as he has done in his education and roofing career.
Jed has two grown children: Jarrod Ganzer of Marana, Arizona who is employed as a police officer. Morgan Ganzer of DeWitt, Iowa is employed as a barista and a receptionist.
WHY JED IS RUNNING
Jed looks forward to representing his local constituents and the state of Iowa. He firmly believes that public education is a bedrock principle of our democracy. He will vote “NO” on the governor’s school voucher bill that would be detrimental to Iowa’s school children. There are no current teachers in the Iowa Senate. Jed would like to attract teachers to public education as the number of students coming out of our Iowa universities continues to decline. The Biden administration using the American Rescue Plan money is encouraging states to help paraprofessionals become teachers by funding their education for 3 years. But more needs to be done. Jed believes the state of Iowa needs to fund schools more than the 1- 2.5% that they have been receiving so that schools can be safe, pay better salaries, and programs such as music and the arts won’t have to be dropped. We can do better and bring our education back to the top where it once was.
Jed also looks forward to building our communities better and stronger. Iowa bridges are ranked 48th in the nation according to a 2021 report by The American Road and Transportation Builders Association. This is unacceptable. We should be investing in our infrastructure and our communities.
The rural areas are quiet with lots of green areas and parks. But we have to invest in them, and not let them deteriorate. If we don’t, the Iowa exodus of young families will continue. According to a June 2021 poll by Selzer and Co. 34 percent of young Iowans under the age of 45 have seriously considered or at least thought about leaving Iowa. We can and should do better.
Young families will stay when communities are strong, competitive wages are paid, education is great, and bridges and roads are safe. Iowa has much to offer if we choose to do so.