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Reynolds announces campaign for office

Governor visited with MP residents at Hy-Vee this morning
Mar 08, 2018
Photo by: Grace King Gov. Kim Reynolds announced her run for governor at Hy-Vee in Mt. Pleasant this morning. Afterwards, she spent some time visiting with residents, greeting them with handshakes and hugs and smiling for the occasional selfie.

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


Speaking at the East Washington St. Hy-Vee in Mt. Pleasant on Thursday morning, Gov. Kim Reynolds reflected on her years working at that very store as she announced her campaign for governor for another four years in office.

Mt. Pleasant was Reynolds’ second stop through Iowa as she announces her run for governor. Introduced by Henry County Treasurer Ana Lair, Lair said that Reynolds’ campaign is going to hear a lot of negative attacks this year, but Reynolds “is real as you can get.”

“Gov. Reynolds and I are both proud Iowa, rural girls … She has so much passion and love for Iowa, and as governor, she’s going to get our state to greater heights.”

It is so reflective of the opportunities within our border where a small-town girl from rural Iowa, 500 people, can one day become governor of this great state and serve Iowans at the highest level.

Reynolds congratulated Iowans on going from the sixth greatest state in the U.S. to number one, according to the U.S. News’ Best States Report that was released in February. All 50 states were evaluated on education, health care, infrastructure and their economy and overall quality of life, which Reynolds said is a reflection of the work ethic and values of the hardworking people of Iowa.

Reynolds went on to say that contrary to what Democrats would have Iowans believe, the extra dollars in the budget “are not just crumbs.”

“It’s real money, and I know that counts,” Reynolds said, explaining that when she and her husband, Kevin Reynolds, lived in Mt. Pleasant, he worked as the District Soil Conservationist. His office was “literally in our backyard” on Washington Street, Reynolds said.

When Kevin got off work, Reynolds said he would run across their backyard and she would hand him their children before she jumped in the car to head to Hy-Vee, where she worked evenings and weekends to make ends meet.

“I do understand that every single dollar we get in our paycheck makes a difference,” she said.

As a mom, grandmother and teacher, Reynolds said she knows there is nothing more important than investing in children. Over the past seven years, she said the state has brought $765 million of new money in kindergarten through 12-grade education. Reynolds also said that there are only three other states that have invested at a higher level in education than Iowa.

Reynolds wants to continue to focus on preparing people for Iowa’s future, which is why the state is promoting STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math. However, she reassured that “dollars don’t tell the whole story.”

“We don’t want to fall into the trap of measuring the quality of education by the sheer number of dollars we put into it,” she said.

Reynolds also wants to see students be prepared for the future through apprenticeships or two- and four-year colleges, saying there are many paths to education.

After announcing her campaign run, Reynolds met with residents in the Hy-Vee Dining Room. After she greeted Larry Kruse, Kruse said he stopped to talk to her about the “negative ads” that have been run against her and show his support for the governor.

“I’ve been a supporter of her since she was a lieutenant governor,” Kruse said. “She is very qualified for her position.”

Mary Manning was delighted to chat with Reynolds about where she used to live in Mt. Pleasant — in the “little brown house,” Manning said.

“I think she’ll do good things for Iowa,” Manning said. “The best thing I heard today was that Iowa is number one in the country,” she added with a smile.

As people shuffled out of the store, Hy-Vee Store Manager Brad Albers said he was pleased Hy-Vee could provide a place for the governor to come and meet with the community.

“One of my guys had worked with her before at the old store,” Alberts said, adding that it was nice she could stop and chat with him.

After Reynolds finished greeting her supporters, she spoke directly with the media. Announcing her run for governor on International Women’s Day, Reynolds said that it is humbling to be a part of history; however, she doesn’t just want to be a part of history as the first female governor of Iowa, but to continue to be a part of history as it lives out every day.

“I want my chapter in history to be much more,” Reynolds said. “I want comprehensive mental health reform, tax cuts for farmers.”

Elaborating on her remarks on education, Reynolds said Future Ready Iowa, which has a goal to have 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce educated beyond high school by 2025, is about expanding programs to develop partnerships with education and the business industry. Through expanding apprenticeship programs, Reynolds said small- and mid-sized businesses will receive the educated employees they need, and high school students will be assured of employment after graduation.

After visiting Mt. Pleasant, Reynolds said she was on her way to Davenport to sign the School Equity Bill, which appropriates $14.1 million next school year for education and school bus transportation.

“It’s a good start,” Reynolds said. “I’m happy to be signing the bill.”

Reynolds also talked about speaking with President Donald Trump last week about the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). She said rolling any of that back would impact Iowa and she never misses an opportunity to champion RFS for the state.

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