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Kim Davis, candidate for Iowa House District 78

Kim Davis
Kim Davis

House District 78 includes Keokuk County and part of Washington County.

Name: Kim Davis

Party: Democrat

Residence: Washington

Age: 33

Occupation: Realtor

Education: Some college

Website: votedavisforiowa.com

What are the three most important issues facing Iowans, and how would you address them?

• Health care: End the privatization of our health care system. Expand our Medicaid system to allow coverage for all Iowans. Single payer health care is the best way forward to provide affordable reproductive care, mental health care, addiction therapies and preventive care to all Iowans.

• Education: Young Iowans, parents and teachers deserve a fully funded public education system. Allocate 4 percent of our budget to our public schools.

• Economy: Targeted job placement and training. Hemp as a new cash crop.

Do you believe the state should increase the minimum wage? If yes, to what level?

Yes. Our hard workers deserve a living wage. Minimum wage should be $11.50 with an annual 75-cent raise for five years. Then we could peg our minimum wage to inflation so we don’t have to keep re-addressing this issue.

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Would you vote to roll back the state income tax cuts passed last session? Would you expand them?

We only have enough in savings to sustain us for about a month in our emergency fund. That isn’t responsible budgeting. Our savings, our schools and our health care system take priority over all else. The tax cuts passed are unsustainable, and I would vote to roll them back.

Would you vote to end or phase out the property tax “backfill” for local governments?

No, I wouldn’t. Our county supervisors’ and public safety departments are already working with incredibly tight budgets.

Would you vote to ban automated traffic cameras/enforcement devices? If no, would you favor bringing them under state regulation?

I wouldn’t vote to ban them. They need to be regulated.

Would you vote to expand Iowa’s current medical cannabis law? Legalize marijuana?

Yes, Iowans want expanded access to medical cannabis, and they don’t want to have a record for possessing marijuana. From river to river, Iowans are pro cannabis — my vote would reflect that.

Should Iowa amend the state Constitution to protect the right to bear arms beyond current language? Would you support a “constitutional carry” change to Iowa’s firearm permit system that would significantly expand gun rights?

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My understanding is that if this amendment were to pass it would make it harder for law enforcement officers to confiscate weapons from people who are a danger to themselves or others. Our federal Constitution protects our rights, and this amendment is unnecessary.

Would you support giving counties local control to regulate livestock facilities? Would you favor a moratorium on new large CAFO construction?

There is too much manure in this state. Yes, I support regulating the livestock industry. Yes, a moratorium on large CAFO construction is necessary. Siting laws, mandatory use of additives that decrease odors, and funding energy-creating anaerobic digesters are tools that we can use to cut down on the negative effects of animal farming. Iowans are frustrated with the terrible odors, negative health effects and are deeply concerned about water quality.

What are your thoughts on increasing funding for public education? Would you vote to extend 1-cent SAVE sales tax for school infrastructure until 2049?

Yes, I support extending this tax. We can and should fully fund our public schools with 4 percent of our state budget.

Would you expand or repeal Iowa’s law barring doctors from performing an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected?

The abortion ban that was passed last legislative session is dangerous and reckless. I’m a pro-choice candidate. I believe that abortion should be legal, safe and rare. I would vote to repeal this law.

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