Austin Frerick, of Winterset, has announced his running for the Democratic nomination of Iowa’s Third District Congressional seat. Frerick is a gay, seventh generation Iowan who was the first in his family to graduate from college.


“I think people want a vision, I don’t think it’s enough to criticize,” Frerick said about his platform. “I want people to know that I can do this from day one.”


Frerick studied undergrad at Grinnell College and completed his Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin La Follette School of Public Affairs.


Frerick previously worked as an economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Tax Policy, and at the Congressional Research Service in the Domestic Social Policy Division.


“I understand how bureaucracy works and I think that’s what makes me unique,” Frerick said.


Listed from his website, Frerick believes the Monsanto-Bayer merger hurts small farmers and rural Iowa, and also supports funding the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and other sustainable centers through the Farm Bill.


“I’m focusing on the economic stuff because I think it’s one of the issues of our time that nobody is talking about,” Frerick said. “I know we’re on the verge of a farm crisis and if those levels were as high as they were in the 80’s, it’s kind of scary.”


According to a press release, Frerick wants to add to the 2018 farm bill by introducing a continual federal source of funding for the Leopold Center. “This new language would be added to the section of the conservation title dealing with conservation technical assistance,” the press release reads.


Once cleared, the potential outcome would allow a “similar pool of money to eligible partners to help producers learn about options for adopting conserving and sustainable agricultural practices in the upcoming farm bill.”


“Iowans deserve a representative who will look out for them, not for Monsanto or Pfizer,” Frerick wrote in a press release. “They need a representative who will fight to restore a social safety net that gives Iowans the security they need to start a small business, raise a family, or learn a trade.”


To read more about Frerick’s proposals and ideas, visit his website at www.AustinFrerick.com.