I recently heard an activist say, “If you don’t take a seat at the table, you could be served up for dinner.” Iowa’s political table has been dominated by influences from Western and Northwest Iowa, and it’s time for Eastern Iowa to pull up a chair.
Look at gubernatorial appointments. Four of the five members of the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission live near or north of Des Moines. They impeded efforts to build a casino in Cedar Rapids. Two of the three Iowa Utilities Board members are from the Des Moines area. They are allowing an oil pipeline to imperil the entire state. Most of the Iowa Board of Regents hail from around and west of Des Moines, and higher education budgets have been decimated.
We need a governor who cares about our half of the state. Nate Boulton grew up in southeast Iowa, and he has been visiting Linn County for months to learn about our needs. He would use tax dollars to educate our thousands of students, not give millions to a megacompany promising 50 jobs to a Des Moines suburb. He fights for our workers and the land that sustains us. He now works in Des Moines and serves in the Iowa Legislature, so he knows how to get things done there as well.
Eastern Iowa needs a seat at the table, and if Nate Boulton is governor, he will see that we get our share of the meal.