Seeking elected office is more than simply waging a campaign.
It requires an individual with multifaceted talent and responsibility — with service as a foundation.
As deputy secretary for over 4 years and working alongside Bill Northey, Naig was in charge of the operations of the department including policy, budget and personnel. Naig knows the department, how it works and the talented people who make it run.
But most importantly Naig has traveled the state and listened to urban and rural residents’ concerns and their suggested solutions to water quality issues, federal legislation and rules and the evolving future of agriculture.
Having led international trade missions, Naig knows and is well respected by leaders from Iowa, other countries and many other state agriculture secretaries and commissioners that will help expand Iowa agricultural opportunities. My family has been involved in agriculture in Eastern Iowa for many years and this point is particularly important.
Naig was endorsed by Northey, and was appointed by Gov. Kim Reynolds. He deserves to be able to continue serving urban and rural Iowans by being nominated as the GOP candidate at the June 5 primary.