We must devise and implement a framework for youth that is engaging, promotes excellence, and infrastructure that assist youth in becoming successful adults.

This is my vision for our community and our state.

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We must provide a high quality and globally competitive education for all Iowans to increase job
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Iowa State Representative

Ras Smith

District 62 - Waterloo, Elk Run Heights, Raymond, Evansdale


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We must ensure safety in our homes and equity in the justices system as well as protect access to crucial healthcare for all Iowans, rural and metropolitan.


Representative Ras Smith represents Iowa House District 62, which includes Waterloo, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, and Raymond. Smith, a Waterloo native, is the son of L.C. and the Rev. Belinda Creighton-Smith.

Out of session, Smith is the Iowa consultant for the nonprofit organization Communities in Schools. In his role, Smith works to raise awareness about dropout prevention services within the Cedar Valley area and across the state.

Smith is active in his local community, volunteering his talents to better the area. He has been a youth mentor, participated in faith-based outreach, and served as a volunteer football coach for East High School.

Smith graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s degree in Youth and Human Services.   Smith lives in Waterloo with his wife Amelia and their two daughters, Maria and Samara. They attend Faith Temple Baptist Church.
My vision for this district and state is an infrastructure that provides our young people with the skills and support that empower them to reach for the stars.

An educational system that ensures that the tools are given to all children regardless of socioeconomic status, the color of their skin, or their primary spoken language. Policy that protects our most vulnerable populations so that they can have the quality of life for which our ancestors died. 

A health care system in which rural and metropolitan areas can receive comprehensive and effective care. Legislators that are no longer blind to the fact that gun violence isn't a second amendment issue; it’s a moral issue for our country. 

And a justice system that does not disproportionately jail people of color, those who have committed nonviolent crimes, and those who suffer from drug addiction. A justice system that protects our law enforcement officials by fostering and encouraging meaningful relationships with the citizens they serve.

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