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September 14, 2017 Corbett not afraid of an uphill battle
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KALONA

The 2018 Iowa gubernatorial elections are more than a year away, but one candidate has already been campaigning throughout the summer.

Ron Corbett, current mayor of Cedar Rapids and former speaker in the Iowa House, announced he would be running for governor on June 20 and said he hasn’t slowed down since.

“I’ve been out traveling around the state for about 90 days now,” Corbett said, during a stop in Kalona on Sept. 7.

Corbett will be going up against incumbent Gov. Kim Reynolds, who was appointed to the position after Terry Branstad was named the U.S. ambassador to China earlier in the year.

“It’s an open seat from my point of view,” Corbett said. “I think a competitive primary is healthy for candidates and the party; take a look at Joni Ernst for example. That was a full, competitive primary, and she managed to come out on top.”

Corbett said there are many issues facing Iowans, but is focusing his campaign on his “core four” issues he thinks need to be addressed: Iowa’s tax system, water quality, public education and showing concern for everyday Iowans.

“Right now the tax system in the state is too complicated and not fair. We need to simplify it and make it fairer to make Iowa’s tax code more competitive to attract more employees to the state.” Corbett said. “Most communities, and Kalona is no exception, have trouble finding employees.”

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