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Reynolds makes campaign stop in Estherville

March 19, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

Deb Satern introduced Iowa's first female governor Saturday morning in the back room of Mother Nature's Restaurant.

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Satern said there were three reasons Kim Reynolds should become Iowa's first woman elected as governor. Reynolds took over the term of Gov. Terry Branstad after Branstad was named U.S. Ambassador to China.

Satern said, "Our world is moving so quickly, we need to make sure our kids keep up. STEM is the way they will prepare for jobs and their futures."

Satern said Reynolds' commitment to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education has made Iowa not only near the top of the nation, but also internationally known.

A second area of strength for Reynolds is economic development, Satern said. "In small communities, [Reynolds] is where it's at. She listens. She understands the small business up to the largest, and is very supportive."

The third area, and the one Satern said was most important, is that Reynolds is approachable. "If you're going to govern, we're the ones she's governing," Satern said, adding that citizens can get information to Reynolds to help her make decisions about state issues that affect them.

Reynolds took the podium and told her story of growing up in modest circumstances in Iowa.

"My dad worked at John Deere out of high school," Reynolds said.

Reynolds and her husband, Kevin, raised three daughters in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, with Kevin working days and Kim working evenings and weekends at Hy-Vee so she could be a stay at home mom during the day.

"I never thought I'd run for office, serve in state senate, and partner with the longest-serving governor, but in Iowa if you work hard and dream big, anything can happen," Reynolds said.

Reynolds touted recent number one ratings for Iowa, including top ranking for percent of high school graduates, and the top ranking from U.S. News and World Report as the top state in the nation.

"This is reflective of our people Iowans just like you working hard," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said her priorities include finding affordable health care for small business owners, working families, and farmers, making comprehensive mental health reform happen, and cutting taxes.

Reynolds said Iowa is the number four state in the nation for investing in public education with $765 million in new dollars for kindergarten to grade 12.

"Measuring the quality of education by the amount of money we spend is a trap," Reynolds said.

Reynolds said she hopes to build a state "where unleashing opportunity is the norm."

Reynolds spoke with the approximately two dozen members of the public who gathered for the morning presentation.

Reynolds has two Republican challengers, Ron Corbett, mayor of Cedar Rapids and Steven Ray, mayor pro-tem of Boone. Six Democrat candidates are seeking their party's gubernatorial nomination.: state senator Nate Boulton, union leader Cathy Glasson, businessperson Fred Hubbell, former Democratic party chair Andy McGuire, former chief of staff to Gov. Tom Vilsack and former energy regulator John Norris, and former mayor of Iowa City Ross Wiburn; two Libertarian challengers, musician Marco Battaglia and entrepreneur Jake Porter.



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