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Candidate column: Dan Zumbach

In the Iowa Senate I work to be your voice. Doing what is best for the district has been and will continue to be a priority. Representing District forty eight is a honor and a great responsibility.

I farm and sell farm equipment near Ryan, Iowa. Before being elected to the Iowa Senate, I was a member of the West Delaware School Board, Delaware County Fair Board, Church Council member, Ryan Lions, and a Delaware County 4-H leader. I am a member of the Delaware County Farm Bureau and Peace Lutheran Church. My wife Michelle and I have been married for 32 years. We have been blessed with four children, two grandsons and a new grandchild in coming January.

I chose to run for the Iowa Senate in 2012 because I was frustrated with the overregulation by government as a farmer and business owner. When I ran four years ago I made promises I intended to keep. Now that my first term is over, I wanted to share with you how I worked to keep those promises.

One of my priorities was for you to keep more of the money you worked hard to earn in your pocket. I believe the state budget should not be growing faster than the rate of the family budget and I voted to curb wasteful spending. In 2013, I helped pass the largest property tax reform package in Iowa history and voted to give preference to Iowa based businesses bidding on providing goods to our state government. In 2014, I sponsored legislation to help keep manufacturing jobs in Iowa. I was proud to work with my colleagues to get the coupling bill passed, saving $97 million dollars for our small businesses, rural communities and teachers, money they can put back into their businesses or communities.

Our communities and small businesses need to have someone they can depend on in the Capitol. They need someone looking out for them and making sure they can stay open instead of burdening them with more costs and regulations. I am humbled and honored to be that person and serve you in the Iowa Senate. I will continue to listen.

• More information: www.danzumbach.com

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