Boulton drops by West Liberty

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Two Democrat hopefuls stopped by West Liberty Thursday, Oct. 26: Iowa gubernatorial candidate Nate Boulton and Iowa House District 73 candidate Jodi Clemens.

They spoke to the audience and one-on-one with supporters at Lisa’s Place, where hot chili was served indoors as the cold October weather dominated the outside.

“We have some tough challenges facing our state right now,” said Boulton, “Iowan’s are frustrated by the direction our state has taken.”

He believes it’s simply a question of prioritys, and right now the leadership in Iowa is not prioritizing correctly, especially when it comes to education.

“Are we going to prioritize an over extension on cooperate tax credits, exemptions and give-aways, or are we going to prioritize world class schools, real infrastructure investment in our community and helping our smaller business to succeed?” he asked.

State Senator Bolton is one of seven Democrat candidates vying for the party’s nomination to run against incumbent Republican Governor Kim Reynolds.

Bisdes Boulton they include Cathy Glasson, Fred Hubbell, Andy McGuire, Jon Neiderbach, John Norris and Ross Wilburn.

While Kim Reynolds holds the office of Governor, fellow Republicans Ron Corbett and Steven Ray will attempt to take the Republican nomination from her.

Cedar Rapids Governor Ron Corbett visited West Liberty’s Rotary Club back in March, 2016.

However, Boulton has been the first declared gubernatorial candidate to hold an official visit in West Liberty for the 2018 election.

“The rural and midsize communities in our state are part of what defines what people think of when they think of the state of Iowa,” said the Columbus Junction native.

“If we can take some of these priorities and reinvest them at the community level, invest in education as a real priority, make sure we treat workers with dignity and respect and increase wages in our state we can develop our community in the right way,” he said.

Obviously, Boulton is not a fan of current leadership in Iowa. He’s been traveling across several smaller communities around Iowa to spread his vision.

“It’s not planning for the next 20 months, it’s planning for the next 20 years,” he said. “That’s what we’re fighting for.”

Jodi Clemens was also on hand for the special event in West Liberty.

She’s running for Iowa House District 73, which encompasses Wilton, Tipton and West Branch.

“I started an Indivisible Iowa group in West Branch, it was really a support group for us to get together and talk about everything that’s going on,” she said. “We decided one of our goals was finding somebody to run against Bobby Kaufmann.”

While this is her first time running for an elected office, she’s secretary for the West Branch Community Development Group and Vice President of the school’s fine arts program.

She’s currently the only declared Democrat candidate for House District 73, though there’s always chance someone else can jump in, as with the gubernatorial race.

“Every community has a unique character,” she says.

Clemens lives in Springdale, a small town just outside of West Branch. She just helped charter a 100 Plus Women Who Care Chapter in West Branch.

“That’s all part of the campaign too,” she said. “Getting people to volunteer more, getting people to live generously, because that’s the only way we’re going to cure the darkness.”
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