The Marine and small business owner is the only Republican running for Rep. Jerry Kearns' open seat.

KEOKUK — Small business owner and Marine Corps officer Jeffrey Reichman has formally launched his candidacy for the Iowa Legislature.

Reichman was born and raised in Keokuk but now lives in Montrose, where he owns Tri-State Home Inspection, a company that conducts home inspections for buyers during the purchase process.

He also works full-time for Roquette America as a shipping specialist and serves in the Marine Reserves.

Reichman is running unopposed as a Republican in the June 5 primary, but will face a Democratic opponent in the November general election.

He is running for an open seat in House District 83, comprised of southern Lee County, including Fort Madison and Keokuk.

Democrats Jeff Kurtz and Bob Morawitz of Fort Madison also are campaigning in the district.

Democratic Rep. Jerry Kearns of Keokuk currently holds the seat, but has announced he will not seek re-election this year.

As a small business owner and Marine, "Reichman will provide leadership and bring a wealth of real world experience to the Legislature," according to a statement about his candidacy released Tuesday.

"I'd like to see skilled trades taught in high schools again," Reichman said. "In Iowa you can get a good job making a decent living with a vocational degree and you won't be in debt paying off student loans for years to come. We should be training our kids for the jobs of tomorrow. At the Capitol, I'll work to ensure the future is bright for Iowa's kids and they'll have the option to stay in the state and thrive."

Reichman is a graduate of Southeastern Community College in Keokuk and Iowa Wesleyan University (formerly Iowa Wesleyan College) in Mount Pleasant.

Eleven of his 25 years in the Marine Corps were active duty, including two combat tours in Iraq.