The owner of a small business and president of the Pleasant Valley School Board is running for the Iowa Senate. Last week, republican Chris Cournoyer, from LeClaire, announced her candidacy in District 49 which is now represented by democrat Rita Hart.
Cournoyer says she's "passionate about strengthening our economy, our schools and our communities."
She also serves as a reserve deputy for the Scott County Sheriff's Department, president of the Quad City Engineering and Science Council, and is a member of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council.
A resident of Wheatland, Hart was first elected to the Iowa Senate in 2012, and re-elected in 2014. District 49 includes Clinton County and northeastern Scott County.