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Herzog: Iowa needs a no-party senator in Washington, D.C.

Suzanne Herzog is an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

Electing me to serve you as Iowa’s first independent U.S. senator grants Iowans powerful leverage in Washington that money cannot buy. The current narrow party majority in the U.S. Senate offers us a historic opportunity in 2020. The more you know about how Senate rules have developed around a two-party system, the more you understand how broken Washington is, and why we need a no-party Senator to help restore the checks and balances so essential to a truly functional government. There are no provisions for political parties written in the Constitution.

It is overwhelming enthusiasm from Iowans throughout the state that has convinced me to be their choice on the November ballot. People from all 99 counties signed my candidate’s petition to run. In contrast to Sen. Joni Ernst, I will not be imposing uninformed personal views, or any political-party agenda on my constituents. My Senate office team will be established to ensure that I am the most engaged and responsive senator in Iowa’s history. I will honor my duty to accurately and effectively inform the public. As I execute the duties of the office, each and every objective will be focused on being a true example of public service. I will work to impose term limits on all members of Congress, and will observe them myself. Transparency is essential for all federal office holders. If I had any intention to keep secrets, I wouldn’t be running for U.S. Senate.

I am the best candidate to make long-overdue health care reform a reality. Neither Democrats nor Republicans are on the right track. We must completely dissociate access to private health insurance from employment. We are ready to select our own health insurance somewhat like we do our car or homeowners’ insurance, while keeping the consumer protections we have achieved, and continuing to improve consumer information — for a simpler, more transparent health care system. Giving you the tax break your employer has been getting to choose health insurance for you, will get the ball rolling. This, and my plan’s other provisions, will finally relieve downward pressure on worker’s wages, unburden businesses and introduce the “competition” among insurers and service providers that Democrats keep talking about, without a high-administrative cost “public option” that does nothing to fix our broken free-market system. I’m an economist and health care expert who has worked with federal government statistical agencies in Washington.

Voting for me empowers you to change politics and government for good.

Suzanne Herzog is an independent candidate for U.S. Senate.

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