Mike Wellman: Norris stands out in gubernatorial race

Mike Wellman, Des Moines 

Des Moines Register - Letter to the Editor

Published 2:15 p.m. CT Jan. 25, 2018

Imagine the campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination as a contest between seven applicants to a university. The admissions department must assess the candidates vying for a lone spot. They should be glad to have attracted such a highly qualified group, even though that makes the ultimate decision tougher. But upon close scrutiny, a clear choice emerges.

All have impressive GPAs (general policy averages), but the breadth of one candidate's resume, in particular, predicts success in November if he is accepted as the nominee in June.

The one who grew up in rural Iowa on a farm and once was a small-town businessman. The one who chaired successful statewide campaigns and was the righthand man of a popular former governor. The one with experience in national and international agricultural and environmental affairs. The one who came back home to raise his family and seeks office only in service to the state that made him the statesman he is, not because of his personal ambitions.

John Norris is a fifth-generation Iowan who recognizes brand new ones as a key ingredient of the state’s future and welcomes them accordingly. He deserves appointment to the head of this high class of Democratic candidates.

If you haven’t considered him yet, you should. The harder you look, the better he looks. Like the other applicants, he’s eminently acceptable. However, he’s exceptional.

— Mike Wellman, Des Moines