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Mike Huckabee with Rich and Barb Heki

Hawkeye state homeschool stalwart and prominent grassroots conservative activist Barb Heki endorsed former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee for president on Wednesday.

“Governor Huckabee fears God, loves America, fights for liberty, reveres our Constitution, and respects our Founding Fathers’ commitment to Biblical morality. I am pleased to give my full, enthusiastic endorsement to Mike Huckabee for president of the United States,” said Heki.

Since his announcement on May 5, Huckabee has held 85 separate Iowa events in 60 of the 99 total counties across the state. The Huckabee campaign has publicly announced 195 statewide Iowa leaders, including 77 county chairs.

“I’m proud to have Barb Heki’s endorsement and support from thousands of grassroots conservatives across Iowa, including the homeschool community. We are mobilizing a grassroots army to power our campaign through the Iowa caucus and beyond,” Huckabee said

Heki and her husband Rich are founders and directors of the national ministry, Grandparents of Homeschoolers. Having home-educated their four children from birth to adulthood, they served 11 years on the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators board and continue to work closely with national homeschooling leaders. Heki has been involved in political campaigns for two decades, from local to national, and has served 40 years in Christian ministries, including chairing the state board of Child Evangelism Fellowship. Prior to that she was the publications manager at a Fortune 200 company. Heki holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Drake University. She and Rich have four adult children and two grandchildren.

“Governor Huckabee has the comprehensive experience of a governor, a fiery passion for liberty, and that engaging Reaganesque likability that enables him to build a team to transform Washington,” Heki added. “He has a pastor’s heart and a commander-in-chief’s know-how, following the mandate of ‘we the people.’ He’s fighting tooth-and-nail against Common Core and has the right solution to the ultimate problem in education: get rid of all federal involvement and put the families back in charge! And very important to this election – Governor Huckabee has an amazing history of defeating the Clinton machine!”

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