Endorsements & Supporters
Elected Officials


Iowa State Senate

Minority Leader


Former Lieutenant Governor


Grimes City Council Member

"Karin will be strong supporter of our future by ensuring K-12 and higher education are properly funded. I also believe that as a representative she will be pragmatic and fiscally responsible."


Iowa State Representative,

District 36

"Karin will represent her district with passion and thoughtfulness. She is a great family woman and values people and the environment rather than corporations, fireworks, and gutting the state budget like her opponent."


Former Iowa State Representative


Iowa State Representative,

District 40


Johnston City Council Member


Iowa State Representative,

District 41


Johnston City Council Member

National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 352

"Branch 352 Central Iowa Merged National Association of Letter Carriers is pleased to support an endorsement for Karin Derry Iowa House. Karin will be a champion for working families and the right for all employees to collectively bargain for their wages, benefits and working conditions in contract negotiations. Her beliefs in a strong middle class is a winning formula for not only our people in the community but also for the economy."
~Vic McCuen
NALC Branch 352 President
Central Iowa Merged

Johnston-Grimes Professional Firefighters Local 4835


Communications Workers of America, Local 7102

"On behalf of the Communications Workers of America, Local 7102, we are pleased to support you in your bid for Iowa House Seat 39."

~Mark Rocha, Political Coordinator, CWA Local 7102

Iowa Federation of Labor,


"Congratulations on your endorsement from the Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. We look forward to working with you in the future for the betterment of working families across all of Iowa."

~Ken Sagar, President

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 61

"AFSCME Council 61 PEOPLE Committee has endorsed your candidacy for re-election to the Iowa House of Representatives.  Public Employees are the backbone of our state, especially during the ongoing pandemic.  It is critical we have strong public officials like you working to fight to protect these workers and ensure the health, safety and continuity of our communities.  Public Employees know they can count on you to stand up for public services and the workers who provide them.  We want to thank you for being a candidate who supports the middle class and who will work hard to make Iowa a better place to live, work, and raise a family."
~ Danny Homan, President
AFSCME Council 61

North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

Int'l Union of Operating Engineers, Local 234

"Karin's actions over the years of volunteering and fighting for those that are unable to fight for themselves shows her character.  She has been paying attention and knows that corporations are being put above working families and tax payers, and wants to make changes that matter.  Due to these reasons and many others, IUOE Local 234 is proud and excited to officially endorse Karin Derry for Iowa's 39th House District."
~ Jason Copple
Local 234 Business Manager,
Financial Secretary

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

"I am pleased to inform you that you have been endorsed by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 347.  We represent over 1500 skilled tradespeople working in multiple branches of the electrical industry including construction, manufacturing, broadcasting and maintenance.  We share your middle-class values and we look forward to working with you to help improve the quality of life for all the hard-working people of our great city."
~ Patrick Wells
IBEW LU 347 Business Mgr

"On behalf of the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) representing education professionals across the state, we are pleased to recommend Representative Derry for the Iowa House. We believe Rep. Derry will do what is best for all of Iowa's students regardless of the ZIP code in which they live and be a voice for education professionals as important decisions are made that impact our students and our public schools."

~ ISEA President Mike Beranek

Iowa Staff Union

"[W]e believe that you will fight for Iowa's children, educators, parents, and public schools.  Too often, people running for public office in Iowa have said that they support public education only to arrive in Des Moines and turn their backs on Iowa's kids.
    "We strongly believe that your passion and commitment to support public education is sincere and a core tenet of your values.  Public education is a cornerstone of what we fight for as advocates for Iowa's teachers, AEA professionals, community college faculty, and educational support personnel in our professional capacity."

Shelly Staker, Treasurer

Laborers’ International Union of North America, Local 177


Planned Parenthood Voters

of Iowa


NARAL Pro-Choice America


Emily's List

“Whether it’s passing one of the strictest anti-choice laws in the country or gutting access to affordable health care, Iowa Republicans have shown time and time again that pushing an anti-woman agenda is their top priority. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse [Karin Derry and 12 other] pro-choice Democratic women who have what it takes to fight back. The stakes couldn’t be higher, but change starts at the state and local level and pro-choice Democratic women will lead the way. Karin has the experience and skills necessary to represent the residents of District 39.”


Women for a Stronger America


Moms Demand Action

Gun Sense Candidate

of Distinction

For her support of common sense gun laws

Sierra Club - Iowa Chapter

"[T]he Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club has endorsed your candidacy for the 2018 election cycle...in appreciation of your demonstrated commitment to protecting Iowa's environment. ....  We...look forward to working with you to protect Iowa's air, water and land for our families and our future."



Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice


Former Executive Director of AIDS Project of Central Iowa

 "I want to believe in the Iowa House again! I have full faith in Karin Derry as I have witnessed her make highly ethical, reasoned decisions and guidance in the most difficult of situations. She is committed to service and doing what is right even in the face of adversity. #NotYourAveragePolitician"



"I support Karin Derry for State Representative.  I have known Karin for nearly 15 years as a fellow non-profit board member, an attorney, and as a friend.  She has always been a thoughtful person who listens to and advocates for all people, including those who may not normally be heard by policy makers.  Karin is smart, tenacious, and will be an outstanding representative for all people in her district."




Former Executive Director of AIDS Project of Central Iowa

“Karin selflessly served as a volunteer Board Member for the AIDS Project of Central Iowa, donating countless hours and expertise to the effort....  I confidently endorse Karin Derry for Iowa House District 39.”


Founder, Women for a Stronger America

"I worked with Karin at Easter Seals. She’s principled and full of integrity! Wish I could vote for her! If you live in the Johnston area, please give her your full support!"


Former Executive Director, AIDS Project of Central Iowa

“Karin Derry was instrumental in helping the AIDS Project of Central Iowa continue its legacy of serving Iowans living with and at risk for HIV by leading the Board of Directors to approve the merger with Primary Healthcare, Inc. She had the foresight to understand the economic landscape of HIV funding, and the perseverance to help navigate the murky waters of a nonprofit merger. As The Project’s Executive Director during this time, I greatly valued Karin’s sensible and informed approach to decision-making, her leadership and experience as our Board President, and her unwavering compassion to ensure we continue serving our clients in need even through turbulent times. She is exactly what Iowa needs in these uncertain times now, and I wholeheartedly endorse Karin in her campaign to become the next State Representative for Iowa House District 39.”





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