Brian Best
Brian Best
December 10, 2013

A local businessman, Brian Best, announced he will seek election to the Iowa House in District 12.

The district includes all of Carroll and Audubon counties, as well as eastern Crawford County.

Best, a Republican, seeks to challenge incumbent Democratic State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer, a Manilla cattleman. No other Republican candidate has publicly announced for the seat.

Best was born and raised on a farm south of Glidden. He graduated from Glidden-Ralston High School and earned a bachelor's degree in social science from the University of Northern Iowa. He earned a degree as a certified respiratory therapist in 1991 and is licensed as a respiratory care practitioner by the State of Iowa. He has worked in the medical field since 1984.

Best and his wife, Sharon, started a family-owned business, Bestmed Respiratory, in 2001. In 2005, they opened Western Iowa Sleep, a sleep-testing facility. Both facilities are located in Carroll. Bestmed specializes in equipment for seniors and patients who wish to remain living in their homes. They began their businesses with one full-time employee and now employ five people.

As a small-business owner, Best said, he would bring a unique perspective to the Legislature regarding the challenges facing Iowa employers.

"I love rural Iowa," he said. "I want to help keep small towns viable and financially healthy. Our rural communities depend upon businesses and farmers for jobs and services. Government can help by keeping taxes low and not over-regulating."

He added, "I also believe that access to health care is important to rural Iowa. We need to keep our rural hospitals strong and keep doctors in our communities."

Best serves on the Glidden Planning and Zoning Board. He and his wife have four children: Haley Best of Iowa City, Chelsey Boldt of Davenport, Amy Walsh of Waukee and Lori Becker, who lives in Carroll.