In today’s (Oct. 6) endorsements for the Iowa House District 93, the Quad-City Times endorsed my 12-year incumbent opponent. While disappointed I was not chosen, I respect their right to an opinion of status quo leadership. What I do not accept is their misrepresentation of what was said.
They suggested I believe "K-12 education is being adequately funded but that the money could be better utilized". For such an important issue this is a brief and vague assertion. To quote my survey response published on the United Way website, "I support an improved formula that will provide sustainable support to all districts. Effective formulas that address the challenges that are building barriers within these populations". I further stated, "Iowa children represent 25% of our current population but in reality, are 100% of our Iowa future. Any attempt to ignore challenges, any unwillingness to work for success in service and delivery is unacceptable to me".
In my Zoom interview, time was not given to expand on thought and vision. I do not believe funding is adequate and to imply that I do without further clarity is equally unacceptable. A Zoom interview to assess one’s capabilities and character for representing all Iowans is a poor platform for public endorsement. They have a right to do it their way; however, I believe it does not give a true comparative. We expect and deserve more. A deeper candidate dive, a look into vision for role and service to the entire district would have been appreciated.
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