Meet the Iowa midterm candidates

Several important seats are up for grab in this years Iowa midterm elections. Top left to right: Cindy Axne (D); David Young (R); Deidre DeJear (D); Fred Hubbell (D); Julian Garrett (D). Bottom left to right: Paul Pate (R); Deidre DeJear (D); Rebel Snodgrass (R); Scott Ourth (D); Vicky Brenner (D). Photos courtesy of various campaigns

Several important seats are up for grab in this year’s Iowa midterm elections. Top left to right: Cindy Axne (D); David Young (R); Deidre DeJear (D); Fred Hubbell (D); Julian Garrett (D). Bottom left to right: Paul Pate (R); Deidre DeJear (D); Rebel Snodgrass (R); Scott Ourth (D); Vicky Brenner (D). Photos courtesy of various campaigns

by Zoe Seiler, News Editor

Election day is Nov. 6 and there are many candidates that will be on the ballot. Here is a list of candidates who will appear on the ballot in Indianola.

Candidates for Iowa Governor

Gov. Kim Reynolds became Iowa’s first female governor on May 24, 2017 after Terry Branstad resigned the governorship to become the U.S. ambassador to China.

Since she took office, Reynolds has made Iowa a national leader in STEM education, has led
economic development trade missions, has worked to increase exports and foreign direct investment and created news jobs in the state.

Reynolds signed a mental health reform bill, which passed unanimously in the Iowa House and Senate, that expands regional mental health services across the state and requires suicide prevention training for public school employees.

This year, Reynolds signed many bills, including a six-week abortion ban, a bill reducing funding for higher education and a 1 percent increase for K-12 spending.

Fred Hubbell is challenging Reynolds for the governorship. He is a successful businessman who has led large companies. He helped the state become a leader in renewable energy. Hubbell has also supported Simpson College by serving on the Board of Trustees and was the chair for several years.

Three of Hubbell’s priorities are education, increasing incomes and health care.

Candidates for Iowa Senate

Sen. Julian Garrett has served in the Iowa Senate since 2013. Garrett is the chairman of the local government committee and serves on other committees as well. He formerly served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of consumer protection, according to the Iowa Legislature website.

Garrett voted for Gov. Reynolds’ mental health reforms to increase access to services. He also voted for the law which prevents doctors from over-prescribing opioids to patients.

As chairperson of the committee on local government, Garrett sponsored a bill that would revoke state funding to Iowa cities and counties that “fail to comply with federal immigration detainer requests,” according to the Iowa Legislature website. He also supported bills which eliminated family planning funding for Planned Parenthood and that established a state family planning program.

Vicky Brenner is challenging Garrett for the senate seat. She is a retired teacher and believes in the power of education. She says she “will work for a future that will be better for every Iowan,” according to her website.

She believes K-12 school spending should be at least 4 percent. She told the Des Moines Register, “Education is Iowa’s most important investment.”

“As I’ve been out knocking on doors and talking to people in Senate District 13, these things rise to the top as priorities: fully funding education, making sure folks have access to affordable and quality health care, including mental health care services and making sure we are putting people above partisan party politics,” Brenner said in an email.

Candidates Iowa House of Representatives

Rep. Scott Ourth has been in office since 2013. Ourth is a ranking member of the appropriations subcommittee where he is a leader in soil conservation, water quality and wildlife and ecosystem protection and preservation, according to his website.

Another issue Ourth focuses on is education at all levels and giving families access to “excellent educational opportunities,” according to the campaign website.

He also works to keep tuition low at the state institutions and create easier access to financial aid. He supports the Iowa Tuition Grant, which provides state aid to private university students.

Rebel Snodgrass is running against Ourth. He is an entrepreneur with multiple construction businesses. He has been the board director of a charity, formed in memory of his brother, for 15 years. Snodgrass “devotes his time, resources and energy to their mission of saving lives,” according to his website.

Snodgrass’ priorities include fiscal responsibility, education, the 2nd amendment, abortion and the economy. He supports Iowa becoming self-supportive and reducing spending. His education stances include repealing the Iowa Core Curriculum and returning parental control to the local level, according to his website.

Candidates for Secretary of State

The secretary of state’s duties includes administering elections and providing services for businesses.

Sec. Paul Pate is seeking reelection for a third term as secretary of state. He is a former state senator, mayor of Cedar Rapids and president of the Iowa League of Cities.

A media release on his campaign website says Pate followed through on some of his campaign promises from 2014, such as instituting voter ID law, making voting easier with innovations like online voter registration, created a confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and expanded opportunities for overseas military members to cast their ballots.

Last year, Iowa passed a voter ID law which would require voters to show a state-issued ID at the ballot box. Although, this law was blocked by a judge in July due to the law interfering with Iowan’s right to vote, The Des Moines Register reported.

Deidre DeJear is challenging Pate. She owns a small business, Caleo Enterprises, that provides marketing tools and business strategies at affordable rates for entrepreneurs, according to her website.

“Deidre believes small businesses are the backbone of our economy. They are integral in providing diverse products and services and key to adding culture in our communities,” her website says.

She focuses on making sure the voter process is accessible, secure and fair to Iowans. DeJear worked statewide to re-elect former President Barack Obama in 2012. She created and implements a program to “educate, motivate, and mobilize low-propensity voters, which resulted in over 5,000 new registrants and more than doubled African American turnout,” according to her website.

Candidates for U.S. House of Representatives

Rep. David Young is running for reelection in House district three and has served since 2015. Young is on the U.S. Committee on Appropriations and is assigned to several subcommittees.

He has sponsored many bills, including Sarah’s Law, relating to undocumented immigrants charged with a crime that resulted in death or serious injury. He also sponsored a bill to increase the quality of the veterans crisis line and make sure someone is always available to answer the phone.

Cindy Axne is running against Young. Axne is a small business owner and has worked for the state of Iowa delivering government services to Iowans.

Some of her priorities are growing the economy and giving Iowans good-paying jobs. Axne also wants to create more access to quality, affordable healthcare. She prioritizes education and investing in community colleges and growing apprenticeships and trade programs. She supports expanding the Pell Grant and capping interest rates on student loans.