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PATE BUILDS MOMENTUM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Pate for Iowa   
Monday, 19 May 2014 16:21

SECRETARY OF STATE CANDIDATE FILES FINANCIAL REPORT

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate after exceeding the necessary petition signature requirement by 100% while submitting over 2000 in 60 days, continues to build momentum by announcing that he has over $55,000 cash on hand from over a hundred donors in just a few short months.

"I'm overwhelmed by the continuing rapid growth of support Iowans are showing for this campaign.  It is clear they do not want nor can they afford to have Iowa's chief elections commissioner be a partisan political operative from either party.  I have served the people of Iowa as Secretary of State and hold the proven experience to be that non-partisan leader they desire," stated Pate.

A nationally recognized small business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the President of Pate Asphalt Systems in Marion and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

"As I travel across the state the consistent message that I've been receiving is that Iowans want access to voting with safeguards to protect against potential voter fraud.  Those two priorities are not mutually exclusive and will take real leadership to ensure both," said Pate.

Pate and his wife, Jane, of 35 years are the parents of three adult children and five grandchildren.

Paid for by Pate for Iowa

 
Jacobs for Iowa Releases Radio Spot Featuring Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alissa Ohl   
Friday, 16 May 2014 14:34

West Des Moines- The latest radio advertisement today released by Jacobs for Iowa features Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, touting Secretary Northey’s recent endorsement of Mark Jacobs for U.S Senate.

The 60-second spot is being aired statewide. To listen to the ad, please click here.

Full script below:

Northey: I've never endorsed a statewide Republican candidate in a primary before, but like they say, there's a first time for everything. Hi, this is Bill Northey and I am pleased to endorse business leader Mark Jacobs in the US Senate Republican primary.

As the Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa, I consider it my job to promote agriculture and it’s businesses. These jobs include family farms, small town elevators, big city factories and hundreds of smaller companies in between. In Iowa, the business of agriculture pays a lot of bills.

Mark Jacobs has the experience to help Iowa agriculture and the thousands of jobs related to farming. As a successful CEO, he protected jobs and made a payroll. That's good for Iowa agriculture.

Even more, I've gotten to know Mark and he has a work ethic that would make any Iowan proud.

He's a conservative and a man of principle. I hope you will consider a vote for Mark Jacobs on June 3rd. This is Bill Northey...thanks for listening.

Jacobs: I’m Mark Jacobs and I approve this message. Paid for by Jacobs for Iowa.

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About Mark Jacobs

A life-long Republican, Mark previously served as president and CEO of Reliant Energy, a Fortune 500 electric power company. During his time at Reliant Energy, he played an integral role in the turnaround of the company. Mark graduated from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in 1980. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Northwestern University. Mark and his wife, Janet, have three children: Clark, Christy, and Sam. The family resides in West Des Moines.

 
Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey Endorses Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Alissa Ohl   
Friday, 16 May 2014 08:55

In his first statewide primary endorsement, Northey voices public support ahead of the June 3rd primary

 

West Des Moines-Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate and business leader Mark Jacobs. During an event in West Des Moines, Secretary Northey voiced his public support for Jacobs, citing the importance for Iowa agriculture of having a proven business leader in Washington.

“As the Secretary of Agriculture in Iowa, I consider it my job to promote agriculture and it’s businesses – including family farms, small town elevators, big city factories and the hundreds of smaller companies in between. In short, the business of agriculture pays a lot of bills in this state. And Mark Jacobs has the experience to help Iowa agriculture and the thousands of Iowa jobs related to farming. As a successful CEO, he protected jobs and made a payroll. That type of proven experience will be good for Iowa agriculture,” said Northey.

He added, “While there are many good candidates in the field, I have gotten to know Mark personally. He's a conservative and a man of principle. Mark has the integrity and a work ethic that would make any Iowan proud.”

Jacobs responded to Secretary Northey’s endorsement, saying, “I am honored to have the support of Secretary Northey. He has been and will continue to be a strong advocate for Iowa. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him to make sure Washington works for Iowa.”

Secretary Northey will be joining Mark Jacobs the remainder of this week on the “Real Solutions” Tour with stops in Cedar Rapids, Waverly, Cedar Falls, Dubuque, Mason City, Fort Dodge, Spencer, Sioux City and Council Bluffs.

 

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Citizens Fund Endorses Clovis in Iowa Primary; Retired Air Force colonel ‘the genuine article,’ Martin says PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Andrew Shirley   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:35

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund has endorsed Sam Clovis in Iowa’s Republican Senate primary. “Sam Clovis is as authentic as it gets,” said TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin. “His first political speech was in the back of a pickup truck at a Tax Day rally in 2009. When it comes to personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future, Sam is the genuine article.”

A graduate of the Air Force Academy and a retired Colonel, the former fighter pilot has an impressive and eclectic background. “Sam has succeeded in the business world, earned master’s and doctorate degrees, and is a full professor,” Martin said. “He’s had multiple, successful careers, but there’s one thing he’s not: a career politician. He’ll fight to repeal Obamacare and get the government off of Iowans’ backs.

You can tell a lot about a man by who his friends and adversaries are. “It says a lot that our friend, Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has endorsed Sam, at a rally where Louie was introduced by another good friend, Steve King,” Martin said. “And just last week, the Iowa Democrat Party released a video, ‘Sam Clovis: Too conservative for Iowa.’ By my count, that’s two badges of honor. We’re proud to endorse him, and urge all Iowans to give him their vote and support.”

Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund is committed to equipping grassroots activists at the state and local level with the tools and resources needed to hold elected officials and government accountable and elect new and qualified candidates.  For more information, visit www.teapartypatriotscitizensfund.com.

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Branstad Has 15 Point Lead on Hatch in Early Polling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Grubbs   
Monday, 05 May 2014 09:33
Davenport - In a poll taken April 30th and May 1st, of 400 registered voters, Governor Terry Branstad has a fifteen point lead over his Democrat challenger, State Senator, Jack Hatch.

In the survey of voters, 48% indicated they would either definitely or probably vote for Branstad, while 33% said the same of Hatch.

"The Governor's lead is about where it should be at this point for an incumbent governor in a state without some of the political upheaval we are seeing elsewhere," said Steve Grubbs, CEO of Victory Enterprises.

The survey is balanced by party affiliation, gender, age and geography.  "We used the party turnout numbers from 2010 as the basis to set our targets for this survey. In that year, 40% of voter turnout was Republican and 35% Democrat.  In this off-year election, 2010 is the best predictor of voter participation this year."

In order for Senator Hatch to win, he will need to change the nature of the race substantially between now and November. As it stands, he would need  to win the undecided voters 9:1 in order to overcome Branstad's lead.

In other results, the Governor's job performance sits at 54% approving and 32% disapproving.

"The bottom line is the governor is sitting in a strong position as he enters the summer.  Incumbents prefer to be over 50% in their re-elect ballot test to feel comfortable, so its clear the governor cannot take this election for granted," said Grubbs.

Click to view the Iowa Statewide Survey top lines.

The survey has a margin of error of 4.9% and 400 registered voters participated.

This survey is the proprietary property of Victory Enterprises, Inc.

 
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