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BY DI READERS | OCTOBER 28, 2014 5:00 AM

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Why I trust Jack Hatch for governor 

I joined Sen. Jack Hatch as his running mate because Iowa must move forward. Because we can do better. We need a governor who will use new ideas and new technology to lead this state through the 21st century.

We need a governor who will help our kids succeed in a rapidly changing economy. Education is so important for all of our children. As governor, Hatch would give every child a great start with universal pre-K programs for every 4-year-old. 

We need a governor who will help all of Iowa communities prosper. Jack believes that a stronger landscape for better jobs comes when we work with all communities. No community should be left behind. The best jobs come from homegrown businesses because profits stay in Iowa and create more local opportunities.

We need a governor who recognizes that when we all work together, we all do better. Jack will make sure Iowa has equal pay for equal work, Jack will raise the minimum wage and push for jobs to pay a living wage.

We need a governor who will lead when it comes to repairing our roads and bridges. Jack has a plan for improving our state’s infrastructure. These smart investments are not only for our safety and quality of life, but they’ll dramatically attract new economic development in our state. 

We need a governor who sees clean water and the health and well-being of our families as top priorities. Jack values the health of all families. He will lead for clean water through a program that involves partnering farmers, business, and residents. He will continue to lead for access to health care for all children and families.

Jack believes our greatest assets are our people and our communities. He is a successful small business person and an experienced state senator who has dedicated his career to building a better Iowa.

I first got to know Jack when he came to Cedar Rapids after the flood to help us rebuild. Jack believed in the future of Cedar Rapids when others wouldn’t take a risk on us.

I believe that Iowans deserve better than a slow coast or a backward slide. We need leaders who will actually lead in the 21st century. Jack Hatch won’t just make promises — as governor, he will work every day to lead us into a brighter and better future.

Monica Vernon, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor

Vote Johnson for Iowa House

Recently, the Muscatine Journal did a candidate comparison on David Johnson and Bobby Kaufmann. I especially found the Johnson/Kaufmann comparison very interesting. When asked his top three priorities, Rep. Kaufmann included education funding. He stated, “We need to get our schools as many funds as possible as soon as possible.”

Voters should ask him some very important funding questions concerning education. First, did you follow state law and vote to pass educational funding 30 days after the governor’s budget as required by state law? Second, did you vote to increase minimum teacher salaries to $35,000? Third, did you vote to set the state percent of growth at 4 percent for fiscal 2014 and fiscal 2015? And finally, did you vote to set state percent of growth at 6 percent for fiscal 2016?

The answer to each question is NO. When Kaufmann had the opportunity to prove to the people of Cedar County and Johnson County that supporting public education was a top priority, he failed.

Again, we have an elected member of the Iowa House who says one thing when campaigning but ends up breaking his campaign promise to adequately fund public education when the vote really counts.

David Johnson will be a strong voice for public education, and he will vote to adequately fund public education. Please vote David Johnson on Nov. 4.

Randy Naber

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