Boulton in St. Ansgar

On Friday, Oct. 27, approximately 15 people attended a meet and greet for Iowa candidate for Governor, Nate Boulton, at the home of Kurt Meyer.

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ST. ANSGAR | On Friday, Oct. 27, approximately 15 people attended a meet and greet for Iowa candidate for Governor, Nate Boulton, at the home of Kurt Meyer.

The event was part of Boulton’s Hometown Values Tour, where he visited 26 rural counties in seven days. He also held 13 events, including the meet and greet in St Ansgar, to hear from Iowans about their concerns and solutions regarding small- and mid-sized communities.

In St Ansgar, like in many other stops, Iowans were concerned about the priorities of Governor Reynolds, in that she continues to give away tax credits and exemptions to large corporations but has underfunded education and ignored smaller communities, in Iowa, which could benefit from investments and programs like the Main Street Iowa grant.

Boulton, as the ranking Democrat on the Labor Committee in the State Senate, led the fight against collective bargaining changes last session, and the residents of Mitchell County voiced their disappointment in the changes Republicans made to bargaining rights.

The seven years of underfunding education by the Branstad-Reynolds Administration was also brought up during the discussion.

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