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Biography

Tim was raised in the Danville/Burlington area. He graduated from Burlington High School and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education as well as his Master’s Degree in Sport Management from Western Illinois University. Goodwin started his career as a Marketing Assistant with the Boston Celtics and went on to become a Community Relations Manager for the New York Knicks. He later decided what he really wanted to do was teach, and went back to school to obtain his teaching licensure.

For five years he taught high school physical education and was the head baseball coach as well as the head girl’s basketball coach at Williamsburg High School in Williamsburg, Iowa. During that time, he completed his administrative degree and was hired as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Muscatine High School in Muscatine, Iowa. He worked in Muscatine for eight years before becoming the Associate Principal and Athletic Director at Burlington High School. After that he was the Director of Human Resources for the Burlington Community School District. During his years as an administrator, Goodwin decided once again to further his education and earned his superintendents licensure from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He currently works in the private business sector as the Director of Administration and Development for WW Transport, Inc. a locally owned trucking company in West Burlington.

As a lifelong learner who values education and has worked in several different positions within the school system, Goodwin will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Legislature. “I’m passionate about improving education in the state,” said Goodwin. “We need to offer flexibility for school districts, innovation for teachers, accountability for parents, and protection for taxpayers. I’d also like to help promote more economic growth in southeast Iowa and reduce the tax burden on individuals and small businesses.”

Goodwin and his wife, Tina, belong to the First United Methodist Church in Burlington, and he is also a Board Member for the Burlington Area Crime Stoppers as well as a member of the Burlington YMCA. Together they have three children. Tina’s daughter, Natalie, is a college freshman, while her son, Nate, is a freshman in high school and Tim’s daughter, Carly, is in seventh grade.

POLITICAL REFORM

Term limits

I would push for term limits for the Iowa legislature. Currently there are 15 states that have legislative term limits. I would favor a range of 8-12 years which would be no more than four terms for Representatives and no more than three terms for Senators. There are pros and cons to term limits but I believe that states need to take the matter into their own hands first and hopefully Congress will follow suit!

HEALTHCARE

Privatization of ...

While it remains a struggle for a lot of people (me included) we must be patient to see if the system will actually work as it is intended. First and foremost, there cannot be ONE single Iowan that doesn't get the services that he/she needs. That has to remain the top priority! Secondly, the providers must get paid in a timely manner. Last, if the state of Iowa can save millions (hundreds of millions?) for its taxpayers then it will have worked as intended as long as #1 and #2 are happening. There are always bumps in the road when new programs are implemented and it will be extremely important after the auditor's report on what the actual amount saved actually is. It will need to be verified and agreed upon by people from both parties and several different state agencies. Until that happens, it has done nothing but cause problems, stress and a feeling of uneasiness for many Iowans.

EDUCATION

IPERS

I would not favor the privatization of IPERS nor would I favor forcing new state employees into a 401k instead of allowing them to enroll into IPERS. I believe IPERS is the single greatest hiring and retention tool that the state can offer for its employees and it is vital for us to remain the #1 state in the nation and at the top of education!

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