Meet Pat

Pat Heiden was born and raised on a dairy farm in western Iowa. A middle daughter with four brothers, she learned early the value of cooperation, consensus and compromise. She also learned to fight for her spot at the table, stand up for others, and not make excuses for being a part of the conversation.

Her parents were active in local, county and state politics, supporting and campaigning for Iowa Governor Harold Hughes and US Senator John Culver. When her community came together to support her family after the unexpected death of her father, Pat learned from her working mother the importance of giving back. Pat’s mother served on the Crawford County Board of Supervisors, becoming one of the first women to chair a county Board before running against Steve King for a seat in the Iowa Senate.

This is why Pat has made a life following her passion of assisting those who need help. It’s why right out of the University of Iowa, she began working as a part-time office clerk at the Oaknoll Retirement Community. With passion and commitment, she advanced in the organization and retired after 37 years, 20 as Executive Director, of providing exceptional life care for her residents.

That experience is why Pat believes in listening, inclusion, and making sure every voice is heard when decisions are made that impact those voices. During her years managing and growing a successful non-profit organization like Oaknoll, she saw first hand the power of transparency and managing with compassion. These experiences are why it is so important to Pat to give back to her community.

Like when her community of family and friends helped her as she found herself as a single mother of two daughters aged six and two. In the middle of a demanding job and graduate school, she made it through because friends shared childcare duties, helped each other with groceries, and kept an eye on each other’s houses.

Pat is a Democrat running for Supervisor because she knows we need to listen to the residents of all Johnson County’s cities and farms. She knows consensus leads to better decisions, and transparency leads to accountability. Pat understands the struggles of working parents, the need for help navigating life’s surprises large and small, and the hard work required to make sure everyone has a place at the table.