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I’ve lived in Iowa for some time now as a military wife with a firm appreciation for the conservative values in Iowa. While I am firmly convinced Iowa has the most beautiful capitol building, multiple visits during legislative session convinced me that its true beauty is found in the people elected and serving inside the historic walls of that building.

I’m a mom to a bunch of kids and all of these things influenced my thoughts as I considered the ballot for the June 7th primary. In particular I saw that the long time U.S. Senator from Iowa, Chuck Grassley, had a  competitor. Chuck Grassley has been in the seat since my parents were in high school. He could quite literally be my children’s great-grandfather.

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So, I had to investigate how his competition stacked up. State Senator Jim Carlin was still in session in Des Moines when we first met him. My first impression was that he was an honest, God-fearing man, that loved children and would do what he said. I admired him as a person for his character, but how did that stack up on the issues facing us and Iowans across the state?

As a military wife I have seen the array of attacks on our freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. Families and veterans in Iowa are being affected on the personal level as medical and religious freedoms are disregarded because they are forced to get a shot that carries extreme ethical concerns.

As a mother, the sanctity of life is a paramount issue that can’t be divorced from the rest of these issues. Freedoms are being threatened on multiple fronts.

At a recent Medical Freedom meeting recently hosted by Jim Carlin in Amana, he spoke on the importance of the next generation, the children that tomorrow will inherit the freedoms and the America that we fight for today. The event attracted  supporters from all over Iowa and even as far as Texas who recognize the integrity Carlin displays. We need someone in Washington that has skin in the game, who will stand up for what is right before God regardless of popularity.

-Iowa Military Wife

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