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Foens holds coffee, hears voters' views
by Nancy Grindle Correspondent · February 8th, 2018

Scott Foens plans to run for the District 68 seat which is being vacated by Representative Ken Rizer. With that in mind, Foens met with residents of the District 68 area on Saturday morning, February 3, at the Marion Library to have a cup of coffee, a cookie or two, and listen to their concerns.

District 68 covers Marion, Ely and Bertram and rural areas to the southeast of Marion.

Priority items which were discussed by those who were present included these:

Getting the state's fiscal house in order,

Improving the educational opportunities here to close the job gap and get people into higher paying jobs,

Making sure anyone working full-time is receiving a living wage that allows them to have a home, feed and clothe their families, along with making sure they all have affordable health coverage.

Foens made this statement:

"As a state representative, I pledge to listen to every single person, seek to understand their point of view, and try and see the world through their eye."

He added, "Only then can I really understand the impacts of policy prescriptions and improve our ideas to make sure that every Iowan benefits from the laws we enact."

Foens grew up in Tipton, and as a youth, he worked in his family's small business. In school, he was active in speech activities and spent the second semester of his junior year serving as a Page in the Iowa Senate instead of in high school.

He also joined the local volunteer ambulance service and contributed countless hours helping rescue people and teaching life-saving skills to others. He became the youngest paramedic in the state at age 19.

Foens went into the U.S. Air Force, earning many honors and awards while there. He was stationed in a number of places, including Colorado Springs, Greece, and Turkey.

He continued to receive honors as he pursued a degree in history at Wichita State University. During that time, despite being a student and working, one of his activities was to complete an in-depth analysis of Medicare Part B which was published by Emergency Medical Services magazine.

He has worked for AEGON as a senior software project manager, completed his MBA with a specialization in finance, and now is with the City of Cedar Rapids.

Foens is a Marion resident. He is married to wife Linda and has three children, Nik who graduated from Marion, Sydnei from Linn-Mar, and youngest, Fayde, who is still in the Linn-Mar district.

Foens loves motorcycle sports, has ridden in RAGBRAI, and runs in the annual 5K4K9 event, as well as being a member of the American Legion and volunteering in other local Marion activities.

More information about Foens is available at You can meet him in person at Marion City Council meetings, as he rarely, if ever, misses one.

He will hold other events in the near future to visit with residents of District 68.
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