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Who is Myra Matejka?
Myra Matejka - Born and raised in Cedar Rapids Iowa, Myra is running for Iowa House of Representatives, District 70, located on the south side of the city. Myra has worked as an activist for the Libertarian Party of Iowa since 2012, when she helped to form and organize the second largest county affiliate in the state; represent the first congressional district for the state party for two terms; and most recently serve as the Co-chair of the state party. Myra has worked tirelessly for the LPIA in many capacities from speaking in high schools to encourage the youth to become engaged in our political system, ensuring the party is included in forums and community activities, boosting the party's fundraising efforts, creating literature and graphics, and throwing well-renowned kick-ass conventions.
As a mother of 4, and former homeschooling mom, Myra is a huge advocate for school choice.
"We've spent a lot of time saying we are 'Pro-Teacher'. It is easy to be pro-teacher, lets also be 'Pro-Parent' and 'Pro-Student'", Myra says.
Her second hot topic item is property tax reform.
"We need to build a strong community of people who want to stay in Iowa. We want Iowans to be prosperous and build wealth. We can start to do this by eliminating property tax for all debt free properties."
Lastly, Myra is passionate about reforming our criminal justice system.
"If there is no victim, there should be no crime. We need legislators to be reminded every day, that government action is always more costly and less efficient. I want to be the person to tell them that every single day I walk into the Capitol."
Why the Libertarian Party?
Like many, Myra found the Libertarian Party through Ron Paul's presidential run in 2012. Feeling a discord with both the Republican and Democrat Parties, Myra was in search of a political option that held her passion for civil liberties for all people, her desire for fiscal responsibility, and support for the free market. Never before had she known that there was a party able to fit all of these ideals.
Myra has been working within the Libertarian Party of Iowa for four years. During this time she has worn many hats including Chair of Linn County Libertarians and District 1 representative, as well as serving on the convention and audit committees. She is a member of the Pragmatic Libertarians of Iowa Caucus. She has taught in High School government classrooms, performed community education and outreach in numerous settings, participated in voter registration drives and aided several Libertarian candidates running for office throughout her district. Myra touts that one of her best days of being a part of the LPIA was going to Des Moines to file the paperwork establishing major party status. She says, "Our education efforts and community outreach is spreading liberty like wildfire. Our hard work is paying off. It would be difficult to not be aware that I am apart of great historical milestones. "