Despite the attacks on her character, anyone who knows Mary Gaskill knows that she has been an exemplary representative for Ottumwa and Wapello County. She has never missed a vote in the Iowa House except for the few times she has attended a funeral. She has always made herself available to people in our community — helping those with problems and never asking their political party. She is regularly out with the public to attend meetings and events, is available to talk, answers emails and letters and goes door-to-door to learn what people think. Her wisdom and honesty is refreshing in a public official, and this is why I am supporting her re-election as our state representative.