Gilmore announces bid for Iowa state senate
Richard Gilmore of Washington of Washington announced Thursday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the Iowa Senate in 2014.
Gilmore will run in the new Senate District 39, which includes all of Keokuk County, most of Washington County, and portions of western and southern Johnson County — including the communities of Swisher, Shueyville, Oxford, North Liberty, Tiffin, Frytown and Lone Tree.
“I have worked hard all my life to make Iowa a better place and to fix problems,” Gilmore said. “I am committed to being a state Senator who will represent the people of Johnson, Keokuk and Washington counties by working to spur job growth and the quality of life in our local communities.”
Gilmore grew up on a farm in eastern Iowa and is a graduate of the United Electronics Institute in West Des Moines. He has worked as a line serviceman, as well as repairing televisions and medical and X-ray equipment.
After moving to Washington in 1995, he began a two-year renovation of a Victorian farmhouse, which he then operated as a bed-and-breakfast for 10 years before starting to restore older homes. He has restored and remodeled five homes in Washington.
He is a member of the Washington United Methodist Church, where he has served as chair of the trustees and as finance chair. He is also an avid bicyclist, including serving as president of the Iowa Bicycle Racing Association.
Gilmore and his wife, Robin Plattenberger-Gilmore, have been married for 40 years. Richard and Robin adopted two children, who are now grown. Robin is a family physician in Washington.
“I’m going to knock doors and meet as many people as possible because I want to hear what they have to say. I’m running to represent the people of Senate District 39, and I’m ready to go to work for them,” Gilmore said.
Gilmore promised to campaign by talking personally with as many voters as possible across the district.
“People are welcome to call me at my home, 319-461-8550, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,” Gilmore said.