First of all, I want to thank Jackie Baumhover up in student life for helping me schedule this event. I also want to thank the candidates for taking time out of their busy schedules’ to come to Loras; it was a really neat to host one of the many stops in this important election. And lastly, I want to thank everyone who came out to show their support.
It was a great honor to welcome many of the Republican candidates for this November’s Midterm election to campus. It was even my pleasure to introduce Lieutenant Governor Reynolds. She and Governor Terry Branstad talked about how back in 2010, the last time we had a statewide election for governor and lieutenant governor, the great state of Iowa was in an absolute mess. Under Governor Chet Culver there was an out-of-control budget, high unemployment, and an across-the-board cut in government that hit the schools which led to layoffs in the middle of the year.
Then, thankfully, with the election of Governor Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Reynolds in November of that year, things began to change for the better. According to Iowa Workforce Development more Iowans are back to work, which led the unemployment rate to drop nearly 30% from 6.1% to 4.5%. The unemployment rate in Dubuque County alone has dropped from 7.1% to 3.9%. That’s a 45% reduction! We will continue to see successes of this administration through growing incomes, better schools, a more efficient government, a healthier state, continued economic growth and most appealing to us as students, an affordable higher education with reduced student debt. Iowa has comeback and will continue to build a bright future for Iowa.
Other candidates that were in attendance were Congressional candidate Rod Blum, Mary Mosiman who is running for State Auditor, Sam Clovis running for State Treasurer, and several other local candidates. Rod Blum, who graduated from Loras back in 1977 with a degree in finance, talked about the importance of the American Dream and how it is still very much alive even for my generation.
One of the more notable quotes from the event came from Mary Mosiman who said, “In God we trust, everyone else we audit.” Lastly, Sam Clovis really appreciated seeing the crosses on the hill that Duhawks for Life had up: “It’s good to know that college students are aware and active when it comes to standing up for the unborn.”
Overall, it was a great event; I again cannot thank you all enough for the success of the event as a whole. This was a great opportunity for students and the local citizens to be a part of this election cycle and be able to put a face to the name when it comes time to vote on Election Day.