Jim Steffen (R-Argyle) says southern Lee County needs a new voice in Des Moines.
State Rep. Jerry Kearns (D-Keokuk) says he has the experience needed to help create and retain jobs in Lee County and Iowa as a whole.
The decision by the Iowa Legislature to revamp the state’s mental health care system has counties struggling to determine their role in the new landscape.
The state will pay for Medicaid-related services, which means counties will receive less in reimbursements.
In response, Des Moines County established waiting lists for a wide variety of services.
CPC Administrator Ken Hyndman says the idea was to reduce spending in case the county’s budget runs short without certain state reimbursements.
The three candidates for the Democratic nomination in Iowa’s 42nd Senate District say they will make education a top priority.
Bob Morawitz of Fort Madison, Rich Taylor of Mount Pleasant and Donna Amandus of Fort Madison each say improvements to the education system equate to economic development.
Morawitz says the key is improving the workforce, adding “we have a lot of people who do not have the skills and need the training.”
He says that starts with focusing on adult education, especially as industrial jobs become more technology-based.