Iowa Senate District 4 candidate Dennis Guth of rural Klemme met with Emmet County Republicans Tuesday night to give his position on key issues.
Guth is running for Senate in the new District 4. Senate President Jack Kibbie of Emmetsburg is wrapping up his final term in the old District 4. The new district includes Emmet, Kossuth, Winnebago, Hancock and Wright counties. If he had chosen to run, Kibbie would no longer be eligible if he remained at his current residence since Palo Alto County is now part of the newly formed District 1 which includes Lyon, Osceola, Dickinson, Clay and Palo Alto counties.
Guth, 56, is an Iowa State agricultural mechanization graduate. He and his wife, Margaret, have been married 33 years and have five children.
The first issue Guth addressed was the Iowa Supreme Court's April 2009 decision that the state must issue same-sex marriage licenses.
After the decision, Guth called the Iowa Family Policy Center.
"I realized I could be a part of the process," said Guth. "I saw a lot of other people gain energy."
It was after that when Guth joined the campaign to unseat three Supreme Court justices - a campaign that was successful in last November's justice retention vote.
"I was very pleased that God allowed us to do that," Guth said.
Guth is also unabashedly pro-life and against excess government spending. "We need to rein in our government," he said firmly.
Addressing a question about preschools, Guth said mothers should be staying home to care for their children, not sending them to preschool.
"We still need to be encouraging the right thing," Guth said. "I don't know that that's (preschool funding) the place of government."
Guth said abstinence also needs to be taught in schools.
As for yearly teacher raises, which are increasingly dependent on allowable growth, Guth said public employees have never been told they would get a pay cut.
Guth stressed his strong support of the Second Amendment, saying he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. And he said he likes Arizona's new law requiring suspected illegal aliens to prove they have a right to be in the U.S.
Guth criticized government mandates such as mental health. "I don't think we need to be mandating things that we don't support," he said.
Emmet County supervisor Tim Schumacher noted Emmet County pays $820,000 yearly for mental health.
"We struggle with that daily," said Schumacher. "It's the second-largest item in our budget."
Guth also said he would like free enterprise to take care of more things rather than depend on the government.