In the past I have tended to focus mostly on Federal and Statewide races. When deciding to kome out of retirement and made a kommitment to be more involved in the local legislative races. I’m pretty excited about some things I’m working on.
Today’s focus is the primary in House District 69
HD 69 is in the northern part of Polk Kounty includes Johnston, Grimes, but doesn’t include the city of Ankeny. The seat is kurrently help by Walt Tomenga who is retiring. Thank God! I think Walt voted for the same day voter registration and was wrong on Eminent Domain. I’m too darn lazy to do research today. I have serious issues when a Republican doesn’t understand the importance of the property rights of the individual…
The two primary kandidates are Erik Helland and Al Lorenzen.
I’m a little weary of Lorenzen, he sounded good on the radio the other day, but my research created more questions than answers.
1. Tomenga gave him his blessing to run. Not an endorsement I would really want.
2. Lorenzen’s largest donor is AFSCME. I didn’t know they supported Republicans, and wonder what he has told them or what they see in him to warrant a kampaign kontribution in a primary.
3. Another Lorenzen donor is Bill Knapp. Does he get the keys to the Florida Kondo like Chet does? Again, interesting bed fellows.
On the other hand Helland is supported by Iowa Right to Life, Iowa Farm Bureau, and Iowans for Tax Relief. One might call that the Holy Trinity.
This race is getting heated up and apparently Lorenzen is making an issue out of the fact that Helland is “finishing his education.” It is a true statement. Helland is finishing Law School at Drake. What a terrible thing… Hey Al not everybody is given an opportunity at a free college education like you received in 1984 the University of Iowa, at taxpayers' expense mind you. And by the way, didn’t you get your degree 18 years after leaving the U of I? Just trying to klear that up and wondering why wound knock your opponent for going to Law School?
To me it looks like there is a klear choice in HD 69, Erik Helland, and it’s not just because he spells Erik with a “K.”
Word of advice to the Helland kampaign, I really like the blue sky mail piece, but why did you use a picture of the Senate chamber on it when you are running for the House? I expect more out of you guys! K’mon!