I am Harold Youngblut. I am a husband, father, grandfather, farmer, basketball coach, businessman, and your 2020 candidate for Iowa Senate District 30.
I was born and raised on a family farm in southern Black Hawk County. I was one of Earl and Agnes Youngblut’s twelve children. (Yes, 12 kids!) I have eight sisters and three brothers.
I know how to compromise, I know how to work well with others, and I know how to fight for what I believe in.
Two of the most important lessons I learned from my parents were, first to use common sense and reason to solve problems, and second, you must get along with all kinds of people to get things done. These lessons have been guiding principles throughout my life.
For the better part of 40 years I have been a farmer. I worked side by side with my parents. My son will one day take over for me; and my dream is that my grandson will continue our family farm legacy after him.
Family is everything to my wife, Amy, and me. Amy was born and raised in Hudson. We have been married for 40 years, and have five children. We also have nine grandchildren. Our family is founded in strong Christian values. We believe in loving and serving all people, of all backgrounds. Our parents taught us to work hard, and we hope that we have instilled our strong Iowa work ethic in all of our children, too!
When our children were attending school in Hudson, education, sports, and the arts were at the center of our family life for many years. I became involved in our community as a girl’s basketball coach for my daughter, when she was in 5th grade. I then went on to coach at high schools in Hudson, Cedar Falls, and Waterloo. Now, I coach my granddaughter’s middle school team in Dysart. It’s been a wonderful experience working with our youth–coaching them and seeing them achieve goals. I am thankful for the wonderful schools we have in the Cedar Valley.
About 15 years ago I saw an opportunity with the area surrounding the Greyhound Dog Track. I created a small business to develop and improve the land in that area. Ten years ago, I started negotiations with the Meskwaki Tribe and the National Cattle Congress to try to do something for the abandoned Greyhound Park. Through perseverance, tenacity and using the lessons of common sense and working with all types of people that I had learned from my parents, eventually I was able to broker a deal between the Meskwaki Tribe and the Cattle Congress. The deal was finalized just last year, it was a large investment, but i love the Cedar Valley and I am committed to helping it grow. Today, I continue to work with Waterloo City officials to improve the infrastructure and enhance the area as a gateway to the Cedar Valley.
I love the Cedar Valley and greatly admire its residents. This is my home. I will continue to work hard to make what impact I can at the local level. Now, I want to represent our community at the State Capital as the Senator for District 30, championing your voices and the needs of our Cedar Valley families.
Let’s work together to make a great place, even better. I ask for your vote on November 3, 2020.
Youngblut For Iowa
PO Box 327
Hudson, IA 50643