On this episode of the Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, our host Shane Vander Hart speaks with Sheila Matheney, one of four Republican candidates that will be on the ballot in Iowa House District 84 for the primary on June 5th.

Matheney, Martin Amos (interview), Trevor Lynn (interview), and Joe Mitchell are competing for the Republican nomination to challenge Democrat candidate Jason Moats for a seat that is open upon the retirement of State Representative David Heaton (R-Mount Pleasant).

Matheney was born and raised in Troy, Missouri, where her parents were teachers and owned a construction company. During her school years, she spent numerous weekends and summers on her grandparent’s family farm near Troy.

She graduated from Buchanan High School and went on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Missouri-Columbia becoming a Licensed and Certified Speech Pathologist.

She met and married Ryan Matheney from Mount Pleasant and the family moved there in 2002 after buying a business. In 2004, Matheney went back to school and earned her Long-Term Care Administrators Degree from DMACC. Today, the Matheney’s own and operate Arbor Court, The Willows, and Arbor Village, a retirement community with 62 Skilled Nursing Facility beds, 12 Assisted Living apartments, and 52 Independent Living duplexes.

They continue to invest in the community. Recently, their Arbor Village South campus added 19 Assisted Living apartments, known as Silver Palms, set to open in May. Also, they are currently under construction for 24 new apartments located in Linden Heights, known as Heather Branch Estates, to help meet the workforce housing shortage in the district. The businesses employ more than 85 people.

Matheney and her husband, Ryan have been married for 22 years. The couple has two children, Jordan, 18 and Nick,13.

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