For Immediate Release: October 7th, 2013
Davitt announces for Iowa Senate
Mark Davitt, a small business owner from Indianola, said he will seek Iowa Senate District 13 in an upcoming special election. District 13 includes all of Madison County and Warren County, excluding the city of Norwalk.
Davitt, a Democrat, was born in Winterset and served six years in the Iowa House. He says if elected, he will build on both his main street experience and his work at the State Capitol to bring good-paying jobs and economic stability to the people, communities and businesses in Warren and Madison Counties.
"FIrst and foremost, I will listen to the people in my district," said Davitt. "I will knock on their doors, talk to them on their front porches and find out what their ideas and concerns are for district 13, just as I have always done."
"I believe there's too much bickering and playing politics up in Des Moines," he said. "We just need to get back to the work of representing the people."
Davitt said, if elected, he will work with local communities, businesses and individuals to give Iowans access to good paying jobs and help local economies grow.
"Its important that we continue to have thriving small-town communities in Iowa," said Davitt. "Not just for our local businesses, but for the sake of our schools too.
"I have two great kids and a wonderful wife. And just like everyone else, we are very concerned about the condition of both our main streets and our local schools. And about how important it is to ensure that those schools are offering world-class education so that our children can compete for great jobs and careers in the future."
Davitt, the son of Phil and Theo Davitt, was born in Winterset and grew up on the family farm in rural Martensdale and St. Marys. He farmed with his father and brothers for many years before going to work at the Record-Herald and Indianola Tribune, where he served as a photographer, operations manager and editor. Davitt also owned a newspaper in Sully, Iowa, before serving three terms in the Iowa House. Currently, Davitt owns and operates Davitt Photo Alliance, which specializes in commercial photography. Davitt also works in non-profit advocacy.
Davitt is a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Indianola, the Knights of Columbus and the Indianola Lions Club. He serves as an elected member of the Warren County Extension Council and has been a member of Warren County Farm Bureau. He and his wife, Amy Duncan, have two children, Elizabeth, 16, and Duncan, 14, who attend Indianola Community Schools.