Letter: Prichard is the best choice for Iowa

I support Todd Prichard for governor of Iowa. I served in the state legislature with Prichard for the past five years. During that time I have come to know him as a fervent supporter of the “forgotten Iowan.” As a rural legislator, he understands the struggles of rural Iowa. During his time in the military he has developed deep devotion for the men and women he commanded. That says a great deal of the trust that he engenders and the loyalty he has developed with the soldiers to which he served.

As a fellow rural legislator, I am tired of our rural areas not receiving their fair share of resources and watching our rural schools, hospitals, businesses and industries struggle. I know that he has a plan that will strengthen our rural communities and ensure that rural Iowans have a voice in Des Moines.

He is the only Democratic candidate running for governor who has run and won in a rural legislative district. This is especially important coming out of an election where Democrats struggled in smaller communities and the top of the ticket lost 93 of the state’s 99 counties. As governor, he will focus on rebuilding rural Iowa because he knows when rural Iowa thrives, the entire state thrives. He will push for a living wage, increase the viability of our rural schools, hospitals and industries, and ensure that our “forgotten Iowans” have a voice in Des Moines.

Bruce Bearinger

Oelwein

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