2020 Voter Resource Guide

Election Day 2020 officially takes place on November 3 when voters will be asked to choose local, state and federal policy makers. However, October 5 is the day in which Iowa voters can begin early voting. In-person early voting will continue through Monday, November 2 until 5:00 P.M.

While the Economic Alliance is a non-partisan organization and does not formally endorse or donate to political candidates, we do encourage our members to become informed and vote for business and community friendly candidates when they go to the polls. Our Voter Resource Guide was designed to assist you in your decision-making process. We recommend using this ballot tool to see who will be on your ballot. Use the below table of contents to skip to the races of your choice.

As usual, we asked the major party candidates why the business community should support them, and new this year, we also asked them in what ways have they have worked in a bipartisan manner. The past few years, we have ramped up our efforts to encourage solution-oriented policymakers at all levels of government.

The political arena has become so toxic that it’s hampering good policies from becoming realities. That’s something we’re advocating to change. We’re all for debates, disagreements and discussions – it’s the way we work out issues and come to agreements. But those debates, disagreements and discussions are only productive if they are civil. We need to continue to push policymakers to return to civility and compromise to achieve the best results.

We hope you find this Voter Resource Guide useful in helping you make your voting decisions. Contact Barbra Solberg, Economic Alliance Public Policy Strategist with any questions or comments.

This message is paid for by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, 501 First St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401. The executive director of the Economic Alliance is Doug Neumann. This message is not authorized by any candidate, candidate’s committee or ballot issue committee.

Economic Alliance contact information:
319.398.5317
EconomicAlliance@cedarrapids.org

 
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Barbra Solberg,
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Races & Candidates

* = Denotes Incumbent

U.S. Senate

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Joni Ernst (R)*

Age: 50 Occupation: Iowa Army National Guard - Lieutenant Colonel (retired), U.S. Senator Hometown: Red Oak, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
As I travel across Iowa on my 99 county tour, I meet with small businesses to hear about the obstacles they face so I can take their stories and feedback to the Senate and find commonsense solutions. Our businesses have faced a great deal of challenges this year and I am fighting for them every step of the way.

Following the derecho, I’ve worked closely with Governor Reynolds and the administration in securing disaster aid for those in need. I’m continuing to push for support for our small businesses, including through the Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 to provide tax relief to Iowans affected by the storm.

Additionally, as our nation has confronted COVID-19, our small businesses in particular have faced serious unforeseen challenges. That’s why as a member of the Senate Small Business Committee I’ve helped provide more than 60,000 Iowa small businesses with billions of dollars of support through programs like the Paycheck Protection Program and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. And I’m calling on Congress to give our small businesses a second pass at PPP.

After this tough year, the last thing Iowa businesses need are higher taxes and more government burdens. My opponent, Theresa Greenfield, opposes tax cuts for hardworking Iowans. Ms. Greenfield also wants to keep in place all of the federal governments job-killing regulations. In fact, she said she couldn’t think of a single thing that the government could do to help small business. Our businesses simply can’t afford that and I will always stand up and advocate for you.
In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I work every day across the aisle to get results for Iowa. Roughly 60 percent of my bills have bipartisan support. Georgetown University ranked me one of the most bipartisan senators, from any state, of the last twenty-five years.

I have a proven record of working across the aisle on key efforts to help all Iowans. In the aftermath of the derecho, I’m partnering with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to push for much-needed tax relief to families in the Cedar Rapids area and other parts of our state. I have also partnered with Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) on bills to address our child care crisis here in Iowa. I've worked with folks all across the ideological spectrum, including Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) who I have partnered with to push for a tax credit for our family caregivers. I'm currently working with Chris Murphy (D-CT) to get relief to our families in need of diapers and assistance, especially during COVID-19. I’m also working to help drive down rising prescription drug costs with several Republicans and Democrats.

Solving problems and getting things done takes leadership and the ability to work across the aisle. I’m proud to have a proven record of doing exactly that.

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Theresa Greenfield (D)

Age: 56 Occupation: Businesswoman Hometown: Bricelyn, Minnesota

Why should the business community vote for you?
I’ve run a small business, gaining valuable experience signing paychecks, keeping the lights on and balancing budgets. Before that, I spent 14 years as a community planner, working with local governments, and seeing firsthand how we can get things done when we work together.

It’s that experience I’ll bring with me to Washington to safely reopen and grow our economy. I released my “Small Towns, Bigger Paychecks” plan that focuses on investing in debt-free community college, boosting apprenticeships and skills training, passing a robust infrastructure plan - including hi-speed rural broadband - and expanding access to capital for small businesses. My plan also outlines that for every new regulation put on the books in Washington, let’s reform others that are inefficient or not working — while never forgetting to protect the health and safety of our workers and the general public.

But we can’t address these issues in our communities unless we finally take action to get through this pandemic. My top priorities for COVID relief include expanded unemployment benefits, expanded paid sick leave, more direct payments, and more aid for small businesses and local governments. Meanwhile, Senator Ernst put loyalty to party leaders and her corporate donors ahead of hardworking Iowans during this pandemic, by voting against paid sick leave and trying to bail out her big corporate donors.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I grew up in a rural, small town, and I know Iowans are ready for Washington to work more like our home towns, where we come together and get the job done. As a community planner, I worked with local governments, neighborhood groups, and city councils, where we all worked together to find common-sense solutions. I learned when something like a pothole needed to be fixed, it wasn’t a Democratic or Republican issue, it was a job that needed to get done.

That will be my same approach in the U.S. Senate. It’s time to end the divisiveness. I’ll listen to Iowans and work with anyone to put Iowan first and get real results for Iowans. Iowans are independent, pragmatic, and are frustrated because they know Washington doesn’t have our backs.

I’ll remain focused on pragmatic solutions to the challenges hardworking Iowans face. Together, we can make sure everyone has quality health care and education, and that Iowa’s economy thrives in every part of the state. As Senator, I’ll be an independent voice that listens, works hard, and always puts Iowans first.

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U.S. House of Representatives (IA01)

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Abby Finkenauer (D)*

Age: 31 Occupation: Congresswoman for Iowa's 1st Congressional District Hometown: Sherrill, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
Growing up in a small town in Iowa and representing a larger community in the Iowa Legislature, I’ve seen firsthand how important pro-growth policies are for communities to ensure every Iowan has access to good jobs and good wages right here at home. That’s why when I went to Congress I made it a priority to serve on the House’s Small Business Committee to make sure Iowa businesses big and small had a champion in Congress as we continue to grow the jobs of the future.

As the Chairwoman of the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade, and Entrepreneurship (RATE) Subcommittee, I’ve held numerous bipartisan oversight hearings to hear from Iowa’s small business owners and I’ve worked hard to develop relationships with our local chambers of commerce and business organizations to develop bipartisan legislation addressing their concerns. For example, we worked with the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance and local businesses to help develop ideas to reauthorize a small business trade assistance program — bipartisan legislation which has since passed the House.

Earlier this year I was humbled to receive the endorsement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business organization, and to receive their Spirit of Enterprise award for my record of backing pro-growth and pro-business legislation and commitment to bipartisanship. As your Congresswoman, I promise to keep up that same bipartisan commitment to supporting our businesses big and small and to work to support the creation of good-wage jobs for every single Iowan.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?

In 2018, I decided to run for Congress to make sure Iowa’s voices were actually being heard in Washington, and over the past two years I’m proud of the work we were able to accomplish by reaching across the aisle and working with Republicans and Democrats to get things done for Iowa’s families.

In just two years, our office has introduced more than 20 bipartisan bills, passed three standalone bills through the House, and had priorities like improvements for Iowa’s infrastructure or children's health insurance added into larger legislative packages. I’ve worked hard to work across the aisle wherever I can, because I know that Iowans expect results, not politics. In fact, I was the first freshman lawmaker in this Congress to pass a bill into law — a bipartisan measure supporting Iowa’s small business’ product commercialization.

And just last month, the House passed three of my bipartisan bills to make day-to-day life easier for Iowa’s working families during this pandemic: one to help veterans’ caregivers and families, one to help make sure childcare is accessible and safe during COVID-19, and one to make sure our small businesses can access international trade markets as we continue our economic recovery.

We’ve gotten a lot of bipartisan work done over the past two years, but there’s still a lot more work to do for northeast Iowa. Iowans have my commitment: I’ll work with anyone if it means helping Iowans — and will stand up to anyone who stands in the way of getting things done.


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Ashley Hinson (R)

Age: 37 Occupation: Former KCRG Anchor/Reporter, Current State Representative Hometown: Marion, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
With the derecho and the coronavirus, we need economic growth across the board now. I will always fight for our workers and our small businesses in Congress, just like I have in Iowa. I have been endorsed by both the National Federation of Independent Business, and over 75 small business owners across the First District. Throughout my time serving in the Iowa House, I have supported bills to end the over-regulation on small businesses and lower taxes. Our workers and employers deserve strong legal protections that keep them safe from unfair coercion or pressure to join a union and pay their fees just to keep their job or their employees. That’s why I’ll stand up and fight the “Pro Act” which would require employees to contribute fees to a labor organization regardless of whether or not they want to. I am pro-economic growth, and will do everything I can to bring jobs back from China, and ensure our businesses are able to stay open and profitable.

The Paycheck Protection Program was an extremely successful program that provided businesses much needed relief. However, under Democrat leadership, we have seen recent aid for businesses stalled as a result of political games. I will always put Iowans before blind partisanship in an election year.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
One of the biggest problems we are seeing in Washington is extreme partisanship. Congress is failing to work together in a bipartisan manner to get things done for Iowans. In fact, Congress could learn a thing or two from Iowa. This chaos and dysfunction is part of the reason I decided to run for Congress. When I was the chair of the Transportation Committee in the Iowa House, 25 out of the 26 bills passed out of the committee were bipartisan. I also supported the bipartisan legislation, Future Ready Iowa, which helps to bridge the gap between K-12 schools and community colleges, allowing students to have more access to first-hand, skills-based work experience. Future Ready Iowa is a terrific program and I’d like to see similar legislation at the federal level. I also supported a grant program that allowed underserved communities in Iowa to access broadband. We need broadband expansion and I’d work hard to get it done. COVID-19 has certainly shown us the importance of having reliable internet service. From working remotely to using telehealth for routine medical care or mental health care, all of Iowa must have equal access to broadband services. Working across the aisle, building consensus and passing bills is what I did in the Iowa House, and it’s what I’ll do in Washington DC. I will work with anyone from any party who is willing to go to bat and fight for Iowans.

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State Senator District 34

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Liz Mathis (D)*

Age: 62 Occupation: Iowa State Senator and Community Engagement/Special Projects, Four Oaks (Part Time) Hometown: Hiawatha, IA
Why should the business community vote for you?

I have sponsored and written several bills that encourage economic growth and business innovation. Those bills include help for small companies to form ESOPS in an attempt to keep companies in small communities, support for Future Ready Iowa that appropriates dollars for worker training and business growth and legislation called "Iowa First" (SF1) - a policy that levels the playing field for more Iowa businesses to secure state contracts. I meet with businesses, both in session and out of session, to find out about new technology, innovative processes, and market health. It is important for elected officials to know what obstacles or challenges businesses have where business and government intersect regarding hiring, training, and growth. Our family owns a small business with 50 employees. We know what it is like to take risks, support our employees and continue to evolve in our community.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I have worked in a bipartisan manner on many bills since 2012 including Future Ready, broadband, mental health, telehealth, flood control, tax crediting, conservation/watershed/cover crops, biofuels, licensing, gaming, insurance, healthcare, Medicaid/Managed Care and the list goes on. I spend a lot of my time working across the aisle to gain support, confer and listen. Last session, I organized a small group within the Agriculture Committee to have dinner together each Monday evening and learn more about each other, in order to understand why certain legislation is important to them.

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State Senator District 48

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Eric Green (D)

Age: 35 Occupation: Owner and Operator of Diamond Pi Company Hometown: Monticello, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I haven’t been a business owner for a long time, but I have been in the business off and on for quite a while. I always try to treat my customers and employees right. I can be pretty flexible with requests from both as well. When it comes to community-related requests, I try to always say yes when it involves the schools because I see that as an investment in our future as well as theirs. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though. I have had to make cuts to employee’s hours when they weren’t doing a good job. I have had to apologize to customers for mistakes. But one thing I try to remember to tell them is that I appreciate them letting me know that a mistake has been made so that I can address the problem. I would want to apply many of those things I’ve learned as a business owner when representing the district. I want to make investments in today’s youth to make all of our futures better. I want to be flexible to be able to meet the needs of the district. And if they have an issue, I want to hear it so I can address it.
In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
When I think “bipartisan”, I automatically think of democrats and republicans, and I haven’t had experience with that in the workplace. But I have had to make decisions with my staff and my previous boss before. The issues we deal with seem trivial compared to issues that I would have to address as a state senator, but being able to compromise is something that I have learned how to do. The most important and probably understated compromise we have is when it comes to scheduling. To a certain degree, the employees get to dictate their schedules be letting me know when they are available to work, and probably 99% of the time, they get the time off they request. On the other side of that though, they know they may have to cover or trade shifts for someone else. And they are welcome to trade or pickup shifts whenever they’d like as well, so long as it’s approved by the manager of that shift. It’s something that seems little, but it helps the operation work pretty well.

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Dan Zumbach (R)*

Age: 59 Occupation: Farmer and Iowa State Senator Hometown: Ryan, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I am a farmer, but I am also a businessman and I will continue to fight to remove burdensome regulations for businesses and support lower taxes. I believe in looking for more opportunities for public-private partnerships to find solutions to challenges business and our communities face. I will also continue my commitment to building relationships between urban and rural neighbors, so Iowa receives the best results. I am known in Des Moines for getting things done, and that is something I will continue to do as your senator.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I am proud to say approximately 80% of the policies I have worked on have been supported by both Republicans and Democrats. As chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, I work daily with members of both parties to put forward good legislation for both our urban and rural constituents.

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State Representative District 65

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Liz Bennett (D)*

Why should the business community vote for you?
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State Representative District 66

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Barrett Hubbard (R)

Age: 41 Occupation: Civil Engineer, Shive Hattery Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I am a firm believer in minimizing regulations and restrictions that the government places on business so that they can grow and prosper. The heart and soul of the American Economy is the small business owner, the problem with the current economic environment is that it favors the mega-corporation over the small business owner. I will work to make it easier for people that have an entrepreneurial spirit to start a successful small business that will provide jobs for people in the community. In Iowa, farming is a major portion of the economic output of the state, I will promote policies, like the USMCA, that provide the best environment for farmers to sell their crop at the highest price possible, which has a rippling effect on other areas of the economy within the State of Iowa.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I have never served in Politics, which is a benefit because the politicians that we have today rarely work in a bi-partisan manner that is why the government is so broken. The political class is there to serve themselves and the interest of their donors. As an Engineer we work together in teams to solve problems, now these problems rarely have and ideological difference in the way that the problem is addressed but we definitely have differences of opinions in ways to solve problems. When a potential solution is brought forth we discuss what the ramifications of selecting that solution would have on the rest of the project and we weigh all potential solutions and select the one that is best for the overall project. The same method of solving problems in the engineering world will work in politics.

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Art Staed (D)*

Age: 71 Occupation: Retired Educator Hometown: Joplin, MO

Why should the business community vote for you?
As a former small business owner I personally experienced many of the challenges that small businesses face. Small businesses are the primary engine of job creation, source of innovation, and long-term strength of our Iowa economy. I am a legislator who understands how legislative decisions impact small businesses and their plans for growth. I support expanding the capital awards for small Iowa businesses and entrepreneurs, and increased state funding for business-related research in partnership with Iowa’s universities. New products, new companies and new jobs naturally follow innovation.

Additionally, there are many women and minorities who would, if given the opportunity, grow a viable small business in the state. I support new initiatives, including additional grants and financial awards, for prospective woman-owned and minority-owned small business startups. I also support acceleration of our workforce training and the funding to make it happen. Businesses, and their employees, can count on my support.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?

It’s important to develop good relationships with colleagues in every party so that we address problems together, looking at solutions and working to improve the lives of Iowans. This is the approach I take. Our bipartisan work is more commonplace than is reported in the media. The vast majority of state legislation is passed with unanimous or near-unanimous support.

Democracy necessitates that the minority party represent the views of their constituents and hold the majority accountable for their governance. Currently, one party is in control of the process, budget and policies. True bipartisanship requires that this majority include minority representation in the process, recognition of dissenting views and consideration of the input and ideas that each legislator brings to the discussion. It means that the minority has an obligation to confront radical agendas and expose them to the public. It means protecting minority rights, the rights of women, workers and the most vulnerable as best we can - as a member of the minority. This too is bipartisan work.

Here are some recent examples of numerous bipartisan bills, passed this session, that included my bipartisan support:

Emergency Assistance HF684, Future Ready Iowa HF2629, Workforce Development HF2365, Telecommunications SF2373, Peace Officers HF2647, Child Care HF2485, Education SF2310 & HF2418, Companion Animal Protection HF737.

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State Representative District 67

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Sally Ann Abbott (R)

Age: 57 Occupation: Registered Nurse, Adjuct Faculty at Kirkwood Community College Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Why should the business community vote for you?

I was endorsed by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry and named Friend of Iowa Business for 2020. A robust business climate brings opportunity and growth to our area. We can offer companies well educated candidates and a strong Midwest work ethic. I believe small businesses are an essential part of a thriving economy. It is important we support entrepreneurship and our policies encourage small business development and growth.
In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
Career experiences working in secondary and postsecondary education and community workforce development have required bipartisan collaboration.

I sat on the Health Program Management Committee, under the direction of the Iowa Department of Education, to promote health occupation education in Iowa. This bipartisan committee was made up of administrators, educators and heath care professionals throughout the state.

For 10 years I was involved in training and teaching for Kirkwood’s pathways for academic career education and employment (KPACE) In partnership with Iowaworks, KPACE provided workforce development to target populations. Partnering community college, IowaWORKS and local business strengthened economic development by providing workforce development to address industry needs in the community.

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Eric Gjerde (D)

Age: 41 Occupation: Special Education Teacher, Cedar Rapids Community School District Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?

I understand our businesses in the Cedar Rapids Metro Area are facing challenges never seen before. These challenges, a global pandemic and a natural disaster like which Iowa has never seen could not have been predicted or planned for. I grew up in a small town working in my family owned, local grocery store. I began working in the store as soon I was big enough to squeeze the price gun to attach the price tags to the groceries. We had good times and we had years where we struggled to make a profit, but one thing that never wavered was the support we had from our community. I understand that our small businesses provide services our communities need and jobs for our families and neighbors. As a legislator, I will not let an economic boost for our community slip away. I will work hard each day to make sure Iowa is a state where people want to live, work and play by ensuring we are investing in schools, healthcare, individuals and mainstreet. We will beat COVID-19 and we will rebuild after the Derecho, and we will do it together.
In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I have never served in an elected office, but I have worked and served in capacities where working together was the only way to accomplish anything. I have been a special education teacher in Iowa for 17 years and it doesn’t matter if a family is a Democrat, Rebuplican or an Independent, I along with the family work together to be sure their student is getting the best education possible to prepare them for the future. I have served on a Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity and like my education example we work together regardless of political ideology to do what is best for our future homeowners. If elected as the state legislator for Iowa House District 67 I will work to do what is best for the state of Iowa and the people living in our state regardless whose idea it is; doing this is the only way to accomplish anything. Regardless if it is opening schools safely or building and supporting our mainstreets, I will do what is right for Iowa.

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State Representative District 68

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Molly Donahue (D)*

Age: 53 Occupation: Educator Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
The business community should vote for me because I will work across the aisle to make sure that the legislation that comes to the floor helps our local community and businesses. Our community and the businesses that have chosen to be a part of the community are important for our economic development and growth. To have a healthy community, your businesses must also be healthy -and I will work to make sure that our businesses get what they need to recover from both the pandemic as well as the Derecho. Our businesses also need a great workforce, and I will work with the community colleges and skills training programs to ensure that we have a well trained workforce available for those industries and businesses here in our community.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?

I have worked with my colleagues across the aisle on multiple bills.

With Shannon Lundgren I worked with her to get a licensure bill passed and they excepted an amendment to improve on that bill from me.

Another example is the school discipline bill the majority party accepted 4 different amendments from me to improve on that bill.

Another example was issues with state laws for home businesses I work with my colleagues across the aisle to get a bill passed that would allow a Home bakery with an industrial kitchen in their home to make more than $9000 a year as a home bakery which is not a livable wage and prevents bakers from starting up businesses in their home and using their homes until they can sustain themselves in a brick and mortar building.

There are many examples of working across the aisle to benefit Iowans. 90% of what we do in the Capitol is bipartisan. Being in the minority, I worked with my colleagues on the other side in subcommittees and committee daily to try to improve upon bills to make them better for Iowans. It will always be my goal to work together, because when that happens more gets completed and it benefits more people in our state.

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Lou Rogers (R)

Age: 43 Occupation: Sales manager, Cedar City Woodworks, LLC Hometown: Marion, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I believe the business community should vote for me because I truly understand the importance of building relationships. Regardless of personal differences, one can conduct themselves professionally, with courage, class, and conviction. As a Marine Corps leader, I truly valued the opportunities to coach, lead, and mentor. More importantly I have learned through mental toughness and accountability, extreme ownership and the Dichotomy of Leadership that these qualities help shape success in all industries, large and small businesses. I seek to build rapport, with the very people who dream, breathe, and live the American Dream.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?

Serving in the Marine Corps, poses great many challenges. One of those challenges is leadership decision-making. Throughout my career, I have had positions where I had to directly brief my commanding officers, relating to combat logistics while deployed. Like politicians or board members, officers and their staff don't all think alike. Decision-making can get political. I briefed my commanders on safety and environmental programs that lead to overall policy changes that resulted in high recognition for the command. There were some that complained, most were accepting and compliant, hence the I command recognition.

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State Representative District 69

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Kirsten Running-Marquardt (D)*

Age: 43 Occupation: Iowa State Representative Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I would ask the business community to support me because I’ve been a fair and steady leader in the Iowa House of Representatives on Economic Development & Workforce Development legislation, issues and budgets. I’ve worked across the aisle to support our local businesses and economy. I’ve also fought against harmful legislation and budgets that stifle the advancement of our workforce. Hardworking Iowans and their ability to earn a fair wage for a fair day of work are my priority as we move to attract and expand a much needed workforce to our community.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
The only way to get any work done at the Capitol is to do things in a bi-partisan way. I’ve passed several pieces of language or bills I’ve written every year that benefit my community and the state. As the ranking member of the Economic Development Budget I oversaw, contributed and directed needed language for many departments and programs under the Iowa Economic Dev Authority, Iowa Workforce Development, the Dept of Cultural Affairs and (housing issues with) IFA.

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State Representative District 70

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Tracy Ehlert (D)*

Age: 42 Occupation: Early Childhood Educator, Owner of B2K Learning Center & Consulting, Continuing Education Instructor for Kirkwood Community College & Child Care Resource & Referral, Independent Consultant/Educator on education topics, Permanent substitute teacher at Hoover Elementary Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
I have been a small business owner in Cedar Rapids for over 12 years and have a husband who runs his family’s small business here locally in Cedar Rapids. I network with a variety of peers that are also local small business owners, so I feel very connected to issues that small businesses face here in Cedar Rapids-especially this year with COVID and the Derecho. There is not always a one size fits all approach that will work for each business, but I do strive towards finding what is fair and reasonable for all involved.
In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
The majority of what passed in the 2019 and 2020 Legislative Sessions while I have been a Legislator, passed with bipartisan support, and I had many opportunities in 2020 to work across the aisle to try to solve some of the childcare crisis concerns. I had my first bill pass during the 2020 Legislative Session which required me to work in a bipartisan manner not only in the House, but in the Senate, where my bill gained 100% bipartisan support. I look to continue building on these relationships in 2021.

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State Representative District 95

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Christian Andrews (D)

Why should the business community vote for you?
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Charlie McClintock (R)

Occupation: Public Safety Professional; Mayor, City of Alburnett (part-time) Hometown: Alburnett, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?
When I started my campaign in March this year, I had no idea what 2020 was going to bring to Iowa and the Nation. I did know what I wanted to make as my campaign priorities though: Agriculture, Conservation, Education, and Public Safety. These were core values of the people in District 95.

Now, as election day approaches, these concerns are validated and amplified as we reflect on the events of the last six months. I want you to know I bring a message of hope, and of vigilance as your representative in the Iowa Legislature, because:

  • I will be there to ensure our communities are safe, and our police are not defunded.
  • I will be there to ensure our teachers and our schools have not only the funding they need, but the ability to control their decisions at the local level.
  • I will be there to ensure we take care of the farmers who take care of us from the horrible effects of the derecho storm and any other factors, and
  • I will be there to ensure we have clean drinking water, animal rights, and safe and beautiful trails in Linn and Buchanan counties.

My message has not changed. My values will never change. Please allow me to serve you in the Iowa House as I have served this community, the state, and the nation my entire life.

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Linn Co. Board of Supervisors District 3

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John Stuelke (D)

Age: 59 Occupation: Retired Chief Deputy with the Linn County Sheriff's Office Hometown: Marion

Why should the business community vote for you?
For the last thirty-eight years, I have worked as a deputy in the Linn County Sheriff’s Office. I have served twenty-two years as a member of the Center Point City Council and in addition, served four years as mayor. I have experience working with businesses that began or relocated to Center Point. We have used a number of incentives such as Tax Increment Financing, tax abatement, tax refunding, etc. to assist the businesses with coming to our community. I believe that the county and every city in the county should work closely with business as they provide jobs, which in turn provides income and that in turn allows for employees to buy or rent houses, eat out at restaurants, buy groceries, shop for clothes, buy cars, etc. Without a robust business community, people would not come to our county and therefore, we would not grow and have the property tax income to provide roads, recreational opportunities and other incentives.

I am easy to talk to, I listen well and I work hard for what I believe in. If I am voted into office, I will be an ally for business and will work closely to make Linn County a great place to start or move a company to.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?

I consider myself to be a middle of the road politician, neither far right, nor far left. I do not believe that you get anything done by staking out a position and never moving from it. I would work closely with the city councils of each city in Linn County to cultivate economic development and to identify duplication of services that could be joined and streamlined to save money. My door would be open to anyone that wanted to speak with me about any business venture and while I can’t promise anything, I would know the right people to contact.

As a lifelong Linn County resident, I have personally observed the efforts of businesses to make our county a great place to live. I would support keeping it that way and I would appreciate your support.

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Louis Zumbach (R)

Age: 54 Occupation: Farmer and State Representative for District 95 Hometown: Coggon, IA

Why should the business community vote for you?

Being a part of the business community in Linn County, I feel that the business community should vote for me because I am one of them. As an owner and operator of a farm business in Linn County, I am involved in a variety of other aspects of the business that go along with the agriculture industry. I understand the importance of making a profit to put food on the table and how hard that can be in difficult times.

I personally understand having to make payroll and having your employees' families depend on you and your business. I believe in the importance of treating your employees fairly and with respect and am proud that my longest employee has worked for me for the past 18 years. I fully understand that a successful business relies on its workforce and that labor and management must work together towards a common goal.

It’s with this experience and understanding that I ask for the support of the Linn County business community. Thank you.

In what ways have you worked in a bipartisan manner?
I don’t believe that the County Supervisors should be a partisan office. During my career in the Iowa House, I have demonstrated bipartisanship and I believe my voting record reflects that.

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