Governor Kim Reynolds stops in Davenport 48 hours into her new role

She focused on making a push for education reform and inspiring women

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds stopped in Davenport Friday as apart of her "Build A Better Iowa Tour" to reintroduce herself to the people of the state. 
 
 
Reynolds is more than 48 hours into her new role and is already setting out on several stops across the state.
 
 
Reynolds talked about becoming the first female governor of Iowa, as well as being a role model to young women.
 
She is also the national chair for the Million Women Mentors Organization.
 
Reynolds said there is still progress to be made when it comes to equal representation among women in
government on both the local and national level.
 
Not only is Governor Reynolds focused on making a push for education reform within the Davenport School Districts.
 
She also sees the need to change the student funding formulas.
 
Reynolds went on to encourage women to get more involved by running for leadership roles and leadership positions
 
"It's an honor it's humbling to be apart of history as it unfolds," Reynolds said.
 
As Governor Reynolds makes efforts to hold the job in next year's election, she addressed the troubles she saw in Des Moines while her predecessor dealt with the fight over the state's education funding formula. 
 
"Part of it was it was a really tough legislative session with the reduction in revenue," Reynolds said. "We had to start out with a $118 million then $130, so there really wasn't the revenue to allow us to move forward with that," said Reynolds.
 
She also said changing education will take some creativity at the state level. 
 
"Sometimes it's not all about money though, it's honestly about utilizing the resources," Reynolds said. "We do think that with the chapter 20 reform it will give school districts more flexibility to really manage their resources better," said Reynolds. "I think that too could go along with ways on helping some of the school districts and local governments as well as the state," Reynolds said.
 
 
Even this early into her new position Iowans like Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch said she's an inspiration for young women. 
 
 
"With a daughter and two granddaughters this is something great," Klipsch said. "I think it's another one of those things that lets people know that everybody has a chance to come into any position and be successful," said Klipsch.
 
Carol Crain has been one of Reynolds' supporters since she was first elected.
 
 
She's excited about the future of Iowa and she's confident Reynolds will push for more jobs and lower taxes.
 
"The first time I met her I asked her to bring good jobs to Iowa because my three educated daughters who are now grown up have all left the state," Crain said. "We need even more good jobs in the science and technology field and she said there are jobs and that she's going to work on it," said Crain.
 
 
"She's a good person and she'll make a great governor," Crain said.
 
Reynolds hopes this chapter in the book of Iowa is a chapter filled with accomplishments.
 
She hopes that people will not only remember her as the first female governor of Iowa, but also remember that she made significant changes for the state as well.
 

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