2016 Caucuses: A great day to be an Iowan, and a candidate
What a whirlwind this week has been. Monday was the first time I was able to participate in the Iowa Caucus process. For the last decade in my career, I spent caucus night in the newsroom, watching results come in and reporting on the candidates. This year, I am one of those candidates. It made for an interesting caucus day and night.
I started the day with a campaign volunteer, Heather. She spent the entire day helping me make sure I was stocked on information cards and notepads. I was able to meet dozens of voters at the Doubletree Convention Complex as part of the pre-caucus rally.
Five different caucus sites housed voters from District 67, and as a candidate, the process allowed me 5 minutes or so to speak at each site. I visited New Covenant Bible Church, New Life Community Church, St. Mark’s Lutheran, Alburnett High School, and the Linn County Fairgrounds in Central City (although things were done by the time I made it out there). I spoke about the need to make sure we keep a rainy day fund for the leaner times, and make sure we don’t overspend your tax dollars. I talked about my personal investment in making sure my children get the best education possible. My oldest, Maxwell, will enter kindergarten next school year. I am passionate about making sure he, his brother Jackson, and any child who goes through Iowa’s school system is able to excel beyond their wildest dreams.
I was able to share my vision for some of the things I hope to do as a legislator. I am also proud to say I’ll be pushing to ensure Fine Arts are a part of the well-rounded education our Iowa students receive. I think the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) focus should instead be S.T.E.A.M. (the A being for Arts). I’ve been looking at research, which shows the difference it can make for math, reading, and parental engagement. It is something I hope to work with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education on going forward. It will give our students the tools to fully “steam” ahead.
I have ideas and goals for day one, and I hope you’ll support me in getting there! If you could donate just $20.16, it will help me to continue to get my message out to voters door-to-door.