Name: Marco Battaglia
Residence: Des Moines
Education: Bachelor’s in communications, University of Northern Iowa, 2008
What are the most important issues you think need to be addressed if you are elected?
I stand for personal responsibility and individual liberty. My platform has been welcomed with tri-partisan support from around the state. I will champion occupational licensing reform, harm reduction, mental health and addiction rehabilitation, civil and criminal justice reform, and a winding down of the war on drugs so that Iowans may work to end racial disparities and unscientific scheduling, grow hemp, use cannabis, and work together to end the opioid and suicide epidemics. I think that we need to work together to effectively eliminate the nonconsensual buying and selling of people from our borders once and for all. Iowa cannot allow human trafficking to continue.
Tell voters why you are running for this position. What makes you most qualified?
I am upfront about my experience as I tour around the state. I am not an attorney. I meet the requirement to administer this office as set forth by the state of Iowa. My experience with the law comes from private study and over a decade of work in the private sector taking on money laundering, elder abuse, mortgage and insurance scams, usury, and all manners of financial crimes that we see in the state. I intend to work so that our rights and the law are accessible to all within our state.
What should voters know about you before going to the polls?
I have taken campaign donations only from individual Iowans and we have also raised money for Passageway Mental Health Clubhouse. I am a supporter of the Clubhouse model of mental health rehabilitation. We have raised funds for Orchard Place so fewer homeless people would be turned away from shelter during the winter, and to help with crowdfunding of “Gridshock,” a film to raise awareness regarding human trafficking in Iowa. I offer Iowans a chance to “term limit” Tom Miller by electing me.
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What other issues related to your platform do you think voters should be aware of before they vote?
It seems that many people are unaware of the duties of the Attorney General of Iowa as defined by Iowa Code. I encourage my fellow Iowans to study Iowa Code on this matter and to help insure that this position never goes without challenge, or primaries, from any political party in the state ever again. The attorney general of Iowa has the power to introduce legislation. It is extremely important for anyone in this position to be beholden only to the people of Iowa and to Iowa Code.