All of you in Iowa are eight months away from one of your next big political decisions. That’s narrowing down the list of candidates running for governor down to two.
June 5th is the primary and right now we’ve got ten people who plan to be on the ballot and are already campaigning.
Three of them are Republicans: incumbent Governor Kim Reynolds, Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett and Boone Mayor Pro-tem Steven Ray.
That leaves a wide open field of seven for the Democrats. Former Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn is the newest entry. He joins union leader Cathy Glasson, retired businessman Fred Hubbell, former Iowa Democratic Party Chair Andy McGuire, attorney and former Des Moines School Board Member Jon Neiderbach, John Norris (the former chief of staff to Governor Tom Vilsack) and current Iowa State Senator Nate Boulton.
Senator Boulton would bring more youthful experience to the governor’s mansion. He’s 37 years old.
Boulton grew up in Columbus Junction. He graduated from Simpson College and Drake University’s law school.
He’s an attorney by trade specializing in personal injury, worker’s compensation and labor law. Boulton hasn’t been in state government that long. He was elected to his first term in the Iowa Senate last November.
Boulton is the ranking Democrat on the Labor and Business Relations Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations, Commerce and Judiciary committees.
It’s a wide open race where a big challenge will be raising enough money to compete. That seems to be the constant for any high-profile race. It was a big enough obstacle to force Todd Prichard to end his campaign.
However, right now that man from Columbus Junction promises to be in it for the long haul. State Senator Nate Boulton addressed the issues during an appearance on 4 the Record.
He is clearly ambitious to run given that Boulton hasn’t served a full year in the state legislature. Boulton explained how he expects expect voters to get behind someone like him to make this kind of a political jump so quickly with such limited experience.
Iowa’s had a revenue problem of late. Tax collections have not met projections. That prompted cuts into state programs with a lot of value like higher education.
Boulton addressed what his approach would be to improving the state’s finances.
He believes reviewing the state’s tax credits and getting rid of those that aren’t delivering what they promised should be eliminated.
One of his answers to promote economic growth is to raise the minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour. His goal is to get there by 2024 with an immediate increase to $10.75 an hour by 2019. He discussed why he thinks this is a good idea when companies say it’s bad for business and they would cut jobs if there are higher wages.
Boulton takes a pretty liberal position on climate issues. He believes that economic growth can also be achieved by pursuing alternative energy like wind and solar. Boulton addressed how much he would have the state invest to build and sustain this kind of energy infrastructure.