Holz to not run, Jeneary to seek his seat

Thursday, February 8, 2018
Dr. Thomas Jeneary

LE MARS — On Friday, Iowa Representative for the Fifth District Chuck Holz announced he will not seek reelection at the end of his term this December.

“I made the decision quite awhile ago,” Holz said. “I want to thank the people of Plymouth and Woodbury counties for their support. I’ve truly enjoyed my experience at the state house. It’s definitely an experience of a lifetime.”

In addition to announcing his decision, Holz also announced Dr. Thomas Jeneary of Le Mars will seek his seat in the November election.

“I felt it was my responsibility to get things together in an orderly fashion and I asked Tom a month or so ago if he’d consider this position,” Holz said. “So at this point in time, he has decided he wants to accept.”

Jeneary, who describes himself as a “constitutional conservative,” is eager to give back to the citizens in Plymouth and Woodbury counties.

“At this point in my life I have more time to devote to things. When you’re in a healthcare position, you’re serving people and I would like to serve the citizens in our district in another capacity,” Jeneary said. “It’s the idea of giving something back to the area that has just been so good to us over the years. We have so many wonderful people in this area and I would like to represent them.”

Jeneary said as a candidate for the house seat he would like to focus on several issues, including:

• Making sure the laws passed are in accordance with the state and U.S. Constitution.

• Working for an equitable tax plan and being judicious with tax dollars by holding the line on unnecessary spending.

• Focusing on education and giving more control back to the locally elected school boards while removing some of the burdensome mandates set by the Department of Education.

• Supporting the family farmer by helping to correct the recent falling commodity prices and allowing farmers to once again reach their full potential. Holz, currently in his third year in the legislature, stated for him Jeneary was the logical choice.

“I thought he’d be an excellent replacement for me. His views are very similar to mine and I just think he will do an excellent job,” Holz said.

Jeneary was born and raised in Des Moines.

He graduated from West Liberty High School, earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Iowa, graduated from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, and then from the University of Iowa’s College of Dentistry.

Jeneary worked as a funeral director for six years and then as a dentist for more than three decades, having recently retired.

As a dentist who served Plymouth County for more than 30 years, Jeneary will bring a unique perspective to the legislature.

“I’ll strive to grow our small town main streets, improve education, and ensure good government that works for the people,” Jeneary said.

Jeneary is the vice chair of the Iowa Board of Dental Examiners, a member of the American Dental Association, the Iowa Dental Association, the Northwest Iowa Dental Association, the Le Mars Sportsman’s Club, the Scottish Rite and York Rite Masonic Bodies, and the Triangle Masonic Lodge 643 in Sioux City. He is also the past president of Plymouth County Pheasants Forever. He has volunteered with the Iowa SIDS Foundation and Walk for the Future.

Jeneary has been married to his wife, Pamela for 42 years. She is a retired elementary teacher, having taught for 35 years. They are members of the Presbyterian United Church of Christ where Jeneary currently serves as a Deacon and sings in the church choir. He has served as a past Elder of the church.

The Jenearys have two sons and four grandchildren.

In his spare time, he is an avid fly fisherman and pheasant hunter.

If elected, Jeneary’s term would begin Jan. 1, 2019. Holz and his wife plan to move down to central Iowa where his children and grandchildren live.