Holly Brink is a wife, mother, business owner, farmer and a proud lifelong resident of Southern Iowa.
Brink grew up on a farm in Keokuk County and is a graduate of Oskaloosa High School. She attended William Penn University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education with endorsements in American History, Psychology and Coaching. Brink and her husband, Adam, live on their family farm north of Oskaloosa.
Brink currently works as a District Sales Coordinator for American Family Life Assurance of Columbus (Aflac) along with working on the family farm with her husband and three children, Garisin, Baylen, and Harbor. She and her family attend the First Christian Reformed Church in Oskaloosa.
For the past 10 years, Brink’s career with Aflac has focused on working with businesses in Southern Iowa to help provide strategies and solutions for the changing workforce markets. She also works closely with individuals to help them understand their insurance options.
Brink has been actively involved in the community as a member of the Oskaloosa Chamber and Development Board, the Rotary, and serves on a steering committee of the Oskaloosa Christian School’s largest fundraiser, as well as other organizations throughout the region. She was also instrumental in the development and finance of the Pre-K system in her community.
Early Childhood Education
Education needs to be a top priority. We need to advocate for strong local control of our community school districts. By allowing parents and teachers the ability to advocate more in our early childhood education, especially what age they start school, we are establishing a firm foundation for our children to build from. We must work together to create a strong, safe learning environment allowing our youth to focus and flourish for the future.
Trades Skill Programs
We need to have an increased emphasis on high school trade skills programs. Iowa, along with many other states are in desperate need of trade skills in our workforce. With approximately 60,000 jobs available between in the trade fields such as welding, electricians, HVAC technicians, plumbers, etc, and the need is projected to increase by 9 to 14 % over the next 10 years. We need to focus our efforts on these programs as well. It will take collaboration between high schools, community colleges, and businesses/ local employers to accomplish this.
Agriculture is the backbone of District 80 and all of Iowa. With the aging population we must work together to protect our family farms ensuring they are sustainable, profitable, and able to be handed down to the next generation. We want the hard work, dedication, and pride that we value here in Southern Iowa to continue.
I understand the importance of economic development in our rural areas to ensure we continue to grow, develop, and build which will allow us to remain as prosperous communities. We need to support our private sector jobs, small businesses, and manufacturing companies of Southern Iowa. We must also encourage our entrepreneurs so that we can continue to develop new jobs for the people who live here.