Today, I am honored to introduce an extraordinary group of Democrats who have volunteered to serve on my Statewide “Norris for the People” Steering Committee. Our Steering Committee members are there with you, in rural Iowa and our cities, to start the conversation now about what our state needs most from our next governor.
I know as Iowans you will make up your own minds on who to support for governor – with your own set of criteria – so I want to hear from you and earn your support. You like to kick the tires yourselves and I encourage you to reach directly out to me. If you know anyone on my steering committee please speak with them, too.
I have been traveling the state over the past several months meeting, listening, and learning from Iowans. Over the course of the next several months, I will be addressing the many issues we face in our state and I look forward to our dialogue.
I believe public education is the bedrock of opportunity and progress for Iowa. We have great challenges such as the privatization of Medicaid which is punishing our most vulnerable citizens. The lack of adequate care for people with mental illness is devastating families throughout our state. Conservation of our working lands must be prioritized and those who treat farming like an extraction industry must be stopped. Finally, we must raise wages and end poverty in our state in order to build an economy for every Iowan.
These are some of the key issues I will tackle starting day one as your governor but we have to remember that caring for our neighbors and building a sense of community is also core to who we are. It is time to bring Iowa values back to the governor’s office.
I am going to fight for every Iowan in every Iowa community.
That’s how I will campaign, and that’s how I will govern. I want you to join me in this mission.
Norris For the People Statewide Steering Committee Members:
Andrew Wenthe, Mayor and Fmr. State Representative
Ben Rogers, Supervisor, Linn County
Bill Hutchins, Fmr. Senate Majority Leader, Audubon
Bob Whittenburg, County Chair, Clay County
Brian Quirk, Fmr. State Representative, New Hampton
Daryl Beall, Fmr. State Senator, Fort Dodge
Deo Koenigs, Fmr. State Representative, St. Ansgar
Doug Bailey, Supervisor, Hamilton County
Frank LaMere, DNC Member
Jo Oldson, State Representative, Des Moines
Joe Gorton, President, United Faculty UNI
John Lundell, Mayor, Coralville
John Murphy, County Recorder, Dubuque
Lowell Junkins, Fmr. State Senator, Fort Madison
Mark Kuhn, Supervisor, Floyd County
Marti Anderson, State Representative, Des Moines
Matt Tapscott, County Chair, Winneshiek County
Norm Sterzenbach, Fmr. Executive Director, Iowa Democratic Party
Pat Murray, Supervisor, Howard County
Roger Thomas, Fmr. State Representative, Elkader
Scott Slechta, 2016 Iowa Teacher of the Year
Tom Hockensmith, Supervisor, Polk County