Today Rep. Ralph Watts (R-Adel) announced he will be running for re-election to the Iowa House in district 19 which includes most of central Dallas County and the city of Polk City in Polk County.

Watts was born and raised in Wyoming and upon graduation from the University of Wyoming he and his family moved to Iowa where he accepted a job with Iowa Power and light company (now MidAmerican Energy). Over a career spanning 31 years in every phase of gas and electric utility operation, he rose to the position of Vice President of Power Production. Ralph is currently retired but keeps busy as a small business owner.

He is a past member of the Kiwanis and Lions Clubs, the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the National Rifle Association, the Dallas County Taxpayers Association and the Iowa Property Rights Council.

In the House, Watts is the chairman of the Administration and Regulation Appropriations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Commerce, Labor and State Government Committees.

"The federal government has been gradually eroding our state’s rights. Now is not the time to shy away from difficult issues, now is the time to stand up for our beliefs," said Watts. "I will never back down from the challenges that face our state and for preserving traditional values and limiting the power of the ever-growing federal government."

Ralph and his wife, Sandy, have four grown children and nine grandchildren. They have made their home in rural Adel for the past 36 years.