Dr. Marianette Miller-Meeks is traveling the district in advance of the primary election on June 3. If she wins the Republican bid then, Miller-Meeks would be going up against incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack for Iowa's 2nd Congressional District seat.
Wednesday morning, Miller-Meeks met with constituents at the Lucky Rooster Coffee Shop in Ottumwa. Items of discussion included growing small business and the accountability of government in Washington D.C. Miller-Meeks said one of the first step towards growing and supporting small businesses is to implement a different healthcare policy that is more patient-centered.
"When you're penalized by over-regulation and overzealous regulation, the big companies can bring on a convoy of lawyers to handle the compliance with these issues, but small companies, they don't have the resources to do that," she said. "Small and community-sized banks having access to capitol, tax reform, spending restraint, trade. Trade is a very important issue in our state and for southeast Iowa, we are a rural area, we do have a farming economy as well and we have John Deere here, who helps with the farming economy. So those issues are really important to try to grow our economy, create jobs and increase take home pay."
Miller-Meeks' campaign has seen an increase in support in polls over the last few weeks.
She attributes that success to meeting with constituents and her message resonating with them.