(Newton, Iowa) At a special nominating convention on Saturday, June 9th the Libertarian Party of Iowa selected Lynne Gentry as their nominee for Lieutenant Governor.
Gentry, a Calhoun County native, has been an active member of the Libertarian Party since 2009. She served on the Executive Committee as the representative for Congressional District 4. In 2014, she ran for the House District 10 seat. In that race, she achieved 21% of the vote and carried a precinct.
A teacher for 41 years, Gentry retired in 2010. She and husband Dale have been married for 49 years. They have two adult sons and four grandchildren. Gentry serves on the board of trustees for the Rockwell City Public Library and is a member of the Calhoun County Historical Preservation Commission. She does volunteer work for the Calhoun County Historical Museum and reads to the residents of the Sunny Knoll Care Center each week. Gentry also works part-time for her son who builds traditional hot rods in Rockwell City. She says she is a paint removal and sanding expert and drives a 1932 Ford coupe which she helped build.
“I agreed to run for Lieutenant Governor because I have worked with Jake in the Libertarian Party and I respect his knowledge and drive, “ Gentry said. “I am also running because I want my children and grandchildren to live in an Iowa that allows them to thrive as individuals and become successful adults. This means really living our state motto: Our liberties we prize, and our rights we will maintain. I believe we are at heart a Libertarian state where we respect one another. We want a smaller, more efficient, less costly government that stays out of our personal lives and out of our pocketbooks.”
As she campaigns for a Porter governorship, Gentry will be working to increase Libertarian Party registrations and to establish more county affiliates.
On Tuesday, June 5th, Council Bluffs business consultant Jake Porter won the first Libertarian primary for Iowa Governor with a 54 percent to 38 percent victory over Marco Battaglia. The Libertarian Party of Iowa has over 10,000 registered voters in the state.