HAMPTON, Iowa – It’s a time to meet the state’s leaders face to face, but this community gathering is also a time for North Iowans to share their thoughts and concerns about the state, with the Iowa Governor and his second-in-command.
“Well it’s been a great opportunity for the Lieutenant Governor and me to hear directly from people. We just heard from a young woman who was in the governor’s charity steer show and she wants more people to know where their food comes from, this is a great idea,” said Governor Terry Branstad.
Those gathered at the Chamber of Commerce in Hampton also talked to Governor Terry Branstad about what they think needs to be changed in the state.
And the governor is addressing a wide range of topics from education and core curriculum, to what Governor Branstad says is a very important goal to reach: getting Iowa’s finances back on track.
“We inherited a big mess, 900 million projected deficits. They had taken money out of the cash reserve and economic emergency account. Governor Culvert cut money across the board I wanted to stop all those bad practices, balance the budget, spend less than we take in, make sure we have the resources to reduce taxes and invest in education,” said Branstad.
Local Hampton Mayor Shawn Dietz says he is pleased to see people in his community speak up whatever their opinion might be.
“Very vocal, very honest about the way we feel about all levels of government and so I think it was good for the Governor to get a taste of that today,” said Dietz.
And he says when those in the community hear from the Governor and Lt. Governor themselves; those conversations could reshape how they think of politicians.
“People always have pre-conceived perceptions of what’s going on in all levels of government and so hopefully when they have an opportunity to hear the Governor speak or any politician they’re able to from a more accurate opinion,” said Dietz.
“We learn from these experiences and I think their very beneficial. There’s a lot of intelligent Iowans that have good ideas. Every time we go on a trip like this we learn good things,” said Branstad.
Branstad will be in Northwood and Britt Wednesday to continue on the “Our Opportunity. Our Iowa. Our Results” campaign.