Governor Kim Reynolds attended and spoke at a political rally in Cascade, Oct. 8 for Dr. Steven Bradley’s campaign for a seat in the Iowa House of Representatives. This seat represents all of Iowa District 58, consisting of Jackson County, most of Jones County and Dubuque County from Worthington to Cascade.
“It was a tremendous success to have the governor come to Cascade and spend so much time talking with everyone,” said Bradley. “She’s the top person in the state of Iowa. For her to support me is very significant.”
Reynolds was equally as enthusiastic in her support for Bradley, saying,
“Bradly is a great candidate. He’s a doctor, he’s a small business owner, he’s worked incredibly hard and given back to his community. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that leadership matters, and we need to make sure we keep Iowa open and keep kids in school. We need to have majority in the Iowa State Senate and the Iowa House, and this is an opportunity for us to pick up a seat and really build on what we’re doing.”
Bradley works as a dentist in Cascade, a career that introduced him to the political landscape years ago.
“I’m no stranger to politics,” he said. “I’ve been involved down in Des Moines for 18 years. I was president of the Iowa Dental Association, chairman of the Dental Board, appointed by both Democratic and Republican governors. For 18 years I was down putting bills in and helping everybody in the state of Iowa, so it’s just natural that I would go here. Other senators and representatives knew me and said that I’d be a perfect fit to be the next representative in this district.”
Bradley and Reynolds share an admiration for what they see as the unique strengths of Iowa, and a desire to build up those strengths even further.
Reynolds is pleased with how the State of Iowa is positioned, “There are not very many states that are in the position that Iowa is in. We entered into the pandemic with a really strong fiscal budget and we just closed out fiscal year 2020 with cash reserves for all and $305 million surplus, so we’re moving in the right direction.”
“What we need is to grow this economy, to rebound, to come back stronger and better than ever, and I believe that we can do that when we build on the programs that we put in place, as well as bringing in new ones. We didn’t have to cut. We did a status quo budget. We had $100 million in new money to K-12 education and law enforcement, and that happened because of the people, the majorities that are serving in the house and senate and the governor’s office. We are going to continue to work on workforce, we’re going to continue to reduce taxes, we’re going to work on mental health, making sure that we’re funding that in a sustainable manner, and we’re going to continue to work on providing opportunities for our greatest assets, our young people. For broadband, we want to make sure that we have the connectivity that we need. If this pandemic has taught us anything, it’s tele-health, tele-work, tele-education. To be the first state in the country to have the connectivity, the speed, and capacity that we can do, it’s the game-changer and it sets us apart from the other states. We’ve invested a lot of money into broadband, so I think that’s going to help us a lot from that perspective.”
If-elected, Bradley said, “I’m pro-agriculture. I think that when our farmers do good, everybody does good. We have to look out for agriculture. We also have to look out for education. Iowa does a great job with that. Our teachers are the best in the country, and they educate our students the best in both K-12 and college.”
Bradley is grateful for the governor’s support in his race against incumbent Andy McKean, as the election process is a lot of work.
“It’s a full-time job that I’ve been working at for a year now,” he said. “Every day. I still work, but somebody’s always out. Myself or volunteers are out every day campaigning for me seven days a week.”