LISTENING

Issues that Matter

I am listening to you. Since announcing my first campaign I have been speaking with constituents from Clarke, Decatur, Lucas and Wayne counties. It has been amazing to hear how people in all four counties are concerned about similar issues, many of which are close to my heart as well. The issues consist of both moral and economic changes. The following are some of the concerns that have been expressed by citizens throughout all three counties.

Constitutional Rights:
Never before in America's history has there been a greater time for citizens to stand up and fight for their constitutional rights. Rights such as bearing fire arms, owning property, parental rights, and freedom of speech and religion are under attack. As citizens of a free country, we must stand up and abide by the Constitution of the United States. I will fight to uphold those basic rights of the Iowa Constitution to their fullest.

Economic Development:
I was raised in small family business and farming. I understand the need for less bureaucracy and taxation. I support a reduction in property taxes that will ultimately fuel business and create more job opportunities. Stimulating an environment where entrepreneurial business can begin is critical to the rural way of life as well as returning Iowa's sons and daughters back to their native homes.

Education:
In my experience as an adjunct college professor I have noticed the best students in the classroom come from an educational system in which the educators are able to meet the individual needs of each student. This is not achieved by federal government increasing their involvement and mandates on Iowa teachers. We have some of the best teachers in the nation and it is time to allow them to excel at what they do best - teaching the next generation.

Local school systems are also responsible to the tax payers from whom they receive their funding. Full reporting from school systems that is accurate and honest is an essential to high quality education. More than ever in our state's history, teachers are facing less time teaching and more time with paperwork. School administrators and boards are struggling to find ways to maintain budgets and save extracurricular and fine arts programs. School systems are being forced to raise property taxes because government officials are reducing state funds. It is time to remove barriers of government that are eroding the education for the next generation.

Every family deserves the choice of how best to meet the educational needs of their children. Many families are unable to choose to place their children in private or home school programs due to financial constraints. I will help create programs that allow parents the choice of how to educate their children. These options should be available to all citizens regardless of economic status.

Honest Leadership:
Overwhelmingly, constituents everywhere raise intense frustration over the Iowa Supreme Court stripping Iowans of our constitutional right to vote on the definition of marriage. I am committed to standing firm on allowing the citizens of the state to vote on this issue. Attempting to pacify the voter with verbal rhetoric and no action is inappropriate in political decision making. It is time for leaders to stand on their word and moral compass. I believe that marriage is defined as a union between one man and one woman and I will work to uphold that union.

Integrity in governmental leadership seems to be slipping further away. I have been taught by my grandfathers and my father that one's word is as good as a legal binding contract. Therefore, you will not experience me pretending to be someone different in Des Moines than I am at home. Iowans deserve a leader that will represent them fairly while listening and engaging them in conversation.

Iowa’s Economy:
As a business owner and leader in healthcare, I understand the need to manage finances conservatively. I believe that a more stable economy means a more stable home life for all Iowans. The current economic conditions have affected all households which ultimately caused us all to review our household budget. In that review each family has to make decisions where they will choose to continue spending their income. The same must be true for government. In order to create a stronger more stable economy for Iowa households, state government must begin to look at their checkbook the same way Iowa citizens had been forced to control spending. Government should not spend more than it takes in and one time money is not the answer to balance a long term budget. One time cuts across the board does not cut waist or create stronger fiscally responsible government.

Rights of the Unborn:
The rights of the unborn must be protected. I am against stem cell research, human cloning, and abortion.