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I am Barb Clayton and I am from Spirit Lake, IA. Attached is the press release I have sent out for my bid to be your next senator in the Iowa Senate in a special election following the resignation of Zach Whiting.

This decision wasn’t as hard as some might think because so many residents of Northwest Iowa have asked me to run.  My answer has always been, with Zach Whiting in the Iowa Senate and John Wills in the Iowa House there is no path for me to run.  Well, it looks like God has created a path and attached is my announcement.

The first step to getting on the ballot is the nomination process is a nominating convention.  The delegates are you, the GOP Central Committee members of the 5 counties: Palo Alto, Clay, Dickinson, Osceola, and Lyon.  I am emailing you to earn your support.

My husband and I have lived in Dickinson County for 25 years, our three daughters graduated from Spirit Lake High School.  My husband, Joe, is an engineer at AGCO in Jackson, MN.

Over the last 25 years, I have started four businesses. In 1995 I started my executive recruiting firm specializing in the banking industry.  I recruited bankers for independent banks in the western half of the United States.  My second business was a medical device marketing company that I discarded after six months when I decided the chances of success were slim.  Then I started Creative Spirits, a paint and sip company that was all about getting together with your friends, creating memories, and taking something home with you; at the high point, we had seven studios. Creative Spirits was a 5-year plan; I sold it at the beginning of year 6.  My most recent business is GoEvents101.com; it is an alternative to Event Brite to meet the ticketing needs of groups and organizations. I know it’s a lot, but I wanted you to see that all of the businesses I have started are unique and exemplify my ability to see opportunities and find a creative way to solve a problem or meet a need.

I am the current Co-Chair of Dickinson County GOP and the Co-Chair of the 4th Congressional District Executive Committee. During the 2020 campaign, I organized yard sign drives, sold over 500 Trump flags, organized the boat parade on Big Spirit Lake, brought Attorney Sidney Powell to Dickinson County for events twice, lifted the mask mandate at our county courthouse and our county employees, presented a resolution to our county supervisors deeming all businesses in Dickinson County as essential, completed a course on the Constitution, and started a very active Patriots group. I am working on a new resolution for the county to protect our 1, 2, and 10 Amendment rights.

For me, it is about Freedom: the freedom to live your life, raise your families, practice your religion, defend yourself, educate your children, run your business, own your property, and the most fundamental freedom of all, protecting the most vulnerable in the womb.

I had not planned to walk this path. God created the opening; I am answering the call.  I humbly ask for your support at the nominating convention on November 11th at 6:30 at Arrowwood Resort in Okoboji. I will try to call you to speak with you; in the meantime, here is a Facebook video link to my official campaign announcement. My phone number is 712-330-1288, and my email address is [email protected]. My campaign Facebook page is Vote Barb Clayton.

Thank you very much for your time and attention.  I look forward to meeting you as this process moves forward.

Author: Press Release