Pella — On a night when Presidential politics captured most of the attention, local legislative candidates gathered at the Pella Public Library for a forum hosted by the Pella Chronicle.
Iowa Senate District 40 candidates Ken Rozenboom (R-Oskaloosa) and Timothy Tripp (D-Pella), with Iowa House District 79 candidate Guy VanderLinden (R-Oskaloosa) took part. On the ballot, VanderLinden will have a Democratic challenger, Chris Wilson. However, Wilson has moved out of Iowa and did not have his name removed from the ballot before leaving. Even if he wins the election, Wilson will be unable to serve.
The candidates were given the opportunity to introduce themselves before questions began. Rozenboom is a hog farmer and currently serves as a Mahaska County Supervisor.
"I want to be a strong advocate for southern Iowa," Rozenboom said. His goals would be to help shape a more responsive government that collects lower taxes while promoting the private sector.
"We continue to end up with more and more government," Rozenboom said. He believes this is because shrinking government is not in a politician's best interest. "I'm running to keep government off our back." If elected, Rozenboom said he would fight regulations, overtaxation and work to cut spending. He would protect the lives of unborn children, fight the "nanny state" and overall do what he can to provide future generations the same opportunities he has had.
Tripp is a lawyer with offices in Pella and West Des Moines. His background includes working as an attorney within the federal government, including the advocacy of citizens.
"I worked in an agency," Tripp said. "I was a bureaucrat." He added that "bureaucrat" is not necessarily a bad word, because they do what they can to help others.