NARRATOR: A kitchen fire left her badly burned, hospitalized for weeks. Too poor for college, Mariannette Miller-Meeks left home at 16.
MILLER-MEEKS: I worked, joined the army, and that helped put me through college, that was my chance.
NARRATOR: Med school by day, working at night; Marionette Miller-Meeks became a doctor, lieutenant colonel, then Iowa’s public health director.
MILLER-MEEKS: We need leaders who will persevere, solve problems, and get Iowans safely back to work. That's exactly what I'll do. I'm Dr. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and I approve this message.