Now that the 2014 Republican ticket has been finalized with Tuesday's Primary Election, Governor Terry Branstad kicked off his Building Iowa's Future Tour in Ottumwa Wednesday morning.
The governor was joined by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, Dr. Mariennette Miller-Meeks, who secured the Republican bid for Iowa's Second Congressional District Tuesday, incumbent Senator Mark Chelgren, who will be running against Steve Siegel in Iowa Senate District 41, Joni Ernst, who won the GOP primary for the U.S. Senate, Mary Mosiman, running for Auditor of State, Paul Pate, running for Secretary of State and Adam Gray, running for Attorney General.
Each candidate had a chance to address the crowd and the message amongst them was similar; that there needs to be a little more of Iowa's policies at the federal level.
The governor pointed out the state has its own healthcare alternative and has decreased unemployment over the last several years. He believes this group of candidates is the ones to carry those policies over to Washington.
"We have a proven record of creating jobs and getting our financial house in order," Governor Branstad said. "Washington D.C. has a dismal record of growing deficits and more and more taxes and regulations, which are stifling economic growth."
The governor said he is confident the Republican Party can take Wapello County for the second election in a row, due to many of the candidates' ties to Ottumwa and the surrounding area. Both Chelgren and Miller-Meeks are Ottumwa natives.
As the focus shifts to November's general election, Governor Branstad said his campaign will focus on the same issues they have always stressed, including economic development, job creation and investment in education, especially in science, engineering, technology and math.
The Building Iowa's Future Tour also stopped in Mt. Pleasant and Davenport on Wednesday. Next, the governor will be heading to campaign stops in northeast Iowa.