Travis R. Grassel, of Waukee, announced on Friday, March 16 that he will run for the Iowa House of Representatives for District 44, which includes Waukee, Urbandale and the western portions of Urbandale and West Des Moines.

Grassel, a Republican joins the race against Waukee City Council Member and fellow Republican Anna Bergman and Kenan Judge, a Democrat for the seat that will be vacated by Rep. Rob Taylor, who is retiring at the end of his current term.

A news release issued by the Families United Action Network says that family reform is important to his family and his girlfriend.

“I have spent several years volunteering my time up at the Capitol getting to know many of the legislators in my role as lead lobbyist and co-founder for Families United Action Network,” Grassel said. “The time is right to jump in to the challenging area of politics, serve others, and get something done without handing out false promises year after year.”

The news release states that Grassel favors smaller, smarter government through operational efficiencies and the use of cutting-edge technology. It was also stated that he will give special attention to Veterans, as he has had family and friends that have served in the military.

“Freedom is never free and our soldiers too often pay the ultimate price for the land we love,” he said. “As our state motto says, ‘Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.’”

Grassel, the father of two boys, is a personal lines pricing actuary for EMC Insurance and the news release states that he recently achieved the designation of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from South Dakota State with a degree in mathematics and a minor in economics and has lived in District 44 since 1999.