314action.org is a website with this stated mission:
We’re on a mission to elect more scientists to Congress, state legislatures, and local offices. As trained problem-solvers, STEM professionals are ready, willing, and able to find solutions for the significant challenges facing America in the 21st century.
With that in mind it was very good to see that 314action has made a call very early in Iowa district 02 and endorsed newly announced Democratic candidate Christina Bohannan.
Here is the statement that 314action issued on endorsing Bohannan:
“From her work as an engineer to her leadership in the state legislature and lecture hall, Christina Bohannan has proven that she’s not just a reliable ally in the fight for science, facts, and evidence-based policies — she’s leading the charge,” said Shaughnessy Naughton, president of 314 Action. “Rep. Bohannan is committed to ensuring that the families and small businesses of Iowa’s second district have the resources they need to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and to thrive. She’ll make that happen by fighting for pro-science policies in the U.S. House, and with control of that chamber on the ballot box, we’re proud to support her in this campaign. With her background, we know she is by far the strongest candidate to take on Rep. Miller-Meeks next November.”
A ringing endorsement I would say.
While it used to be that campaigns didn’t start until the Labor Day before the election, those days are long gone. One of the main reason that we have gone to nearly permanent campaigns is that the consequences of the issues are so important that they should be discussed on a daily basis.
Currently the two most vital issues in the district, state and country are science related. The most immediate is beating Covid-19 and rebuilding our country (building back better) from its effects. Bohannan’s science background as an environmental engineer bodes well for her ability to follow the science.
The second issue and the one that is in the background for nearly everything we do these days is climate change. From more extreme temperatures to much larger storms to longer and harsher droughts that also create fuel for massive forest fires, climate change now seems to be in the very fabric of our daily lives. Who better to send to congress than an environmental engineer who is also a legal scholar?
Based on those credentials, Christina Bohannan is a perfect fit for what the country needs. But as 314action.org reminds us, Bohannan is more. Experience and hard work has made Bohannan an excellent choice to represent all Iowans, not just the special interests:
When Christina was in high school, her dad got sick with emphysema, and his health insurance was cancelled, forcing her family to choose between paying for his medicine and paying for everything else.
Thanks to the support and guidance of strong public school teachers, student loans, scholarships, and Christina’s hard work, she became the first in her family to graduate college. She worked her way through engineering school and then law school by picking oranges, cleaning trailers, and working as an engineer. Christina graduated first in her law school class and was Editor-in-Chief of the law review, and after graduation went on to clerk for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
More than two decades ago, Christina was given a life changing opportunity to move to Iowa and become a law professor at the University of Iowa. She is proud to have raised her daughter here on the Iowa values of decency, fairness, and hard work. Christina’s daughter recently graduated from City High and is in her second year of college. In their community, Christina and her family have been involved in several organizations, including groups that advocate for women and girls, support hard-working and low-income families, and serve underprivileged areas.
At the University of Iowa law school, Christina teaches and writes in several areas of law, including teaching Constitutional Law, Torts, and Intellectual Property. She’s spent her career working on business innovation, capitalism, and economic growth, and teaching our young people about the importance of democracy in a country founded on the promise of freedom and equality.”
While the election is a long ways off, consider donations to Bohannan to get the campaign rolling right: