Last spring a most interesting move took place. Incumbent Iowa state senator Michael Breitbach announced his retirement. District 28 is in Iowa’s very northeast corner, bordering both Minnesota and Wisconsin. While many might think the district is rural and therefore Republican, senate district 28 is very hard to pigeon hole.
Matt Tapscott had already stepped up to challenge for the seat before Breitbach announced his retirement. Given the nature of the district, this is a senate seat that could change hands.
Tapscott is a former Marine. He is also a small business owner. For 24 years Matt has owned and operated Almost Home Early Learning – Naturally, an Iowa Department of Human Services regulated Child Development Home. I don’t know about you, but to me Iowa’s most important asset is its future generations.
Matt believes we must invest time, resources, and creativity into our state’s childcare system and believes the emphasis on high-quality childcare improvements should be to restore childhood to Iowa’s children. Our childcare system needs to allow children to be children and learn through child-centered, play-based programming, supportive of children’s social-emotional development.
Improving our childcare system must include the needs of Iowa’s hard-working parents who struggle to pay for quality childcare, and we must address workforce issues of quality providers delivering this critical need service.
Tapscott serves currently as President of the Iowa Family Child Care Association, a statewide network of Family Child Care providers whose mission is to strengthen the profession of Family Child Care. Matt is a regular presenter at Child Care conferences at both the state and national level and taught childcare classes for Iowa’s Child Care Resource and Referral system for many years. He also served on Governor Tom Vilsack’s Childcare & Early Learning Task Force. He serves on the Board for the Toys Go ’Round Toy Lending Library, which services families throughout Northeast Iowa. He previously served on the Decorah Human Rights Commission, Decorah Public Library Board of Directors, and as Chair of the Winneshiek County Democratic Party.
Matt is married to Denise Tapscott. They have 3 children. He and Denise are also outdoor enthusiasts in one of Iowa’s most beautiful natural areas.
Tapscott, like most Democrats, prioritizes issues such as Health Care, Public Education, the environment and an economy that will be good for all. His take on the economy:
Matt believes whenever necessary, we must use the strength of our government to model the mindset of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone: “We all do better when we all do better.” We start by raising Iowa’s minimum wage, now just $7.25 an hour. Next, we restore local communities’ authority to set wages at a rate a community deems appropriate, something the Republicans in the Iowa Legislature removed from our local control. We need wages sufficient to grow all of our communities. We must ensure the availability of high-quality, affordable childcare which supports Iowa’s economy by supporting Iowa’s hardworking families. Quality childcare is an economic issue.
Very forward thinking.
Time is short. If you want to help elect Matt Tapscott to the Iowa Senate you can go to his webpage and click on that big DONATE button in the (where else?) north east corner of his web page.