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Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds made the rounds last week after launching her re-election campaign. Reynolds spoke to well over 100 supporters on Friday in Sioux City at an early 8 a.m. stop.

Reynolds said nobody could have imagined what was ahead of Iowa when she became the state’s governor.

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“It started with floods, then a derecho, then a drought after the flood, tornadoes, a worldwide pandemic — you name it, we’ve faced it,” she said. “But what I am so proud of is we faced it together. Iowans did what they knew what to do. You show up. I knew you would. And that’s why it was just so easy for me to put my trust in Iowans to do the right thing.”

Reynolds said Iowans are hard-working, humble and patriotic.

“Here’s what I love about Iowans — you lead with common sense,” she added.

She presented a stark contrast between the bleak national outlook and Iowa’s recent success. She hit on an out-of-control border, sky-rocketing energy prices, mandatory masking in schools and what she dubbed “crisis, chaos and overreach.”

“Not in Iowa,” she said. “We have a different story. We have a different trajectory. When the Democrats and the Administration tried to push for more government control, Iowa stood up and we stood out. We fought for greater freedom.”

Reynolds hit on the numerous legislative accomplishments. And one of the highlights for a few of the attendees The Iowa Standard spoke with was definitely the tax reform bill.

Cindy said the Governor’s stop was “great.”

“Leaving it up to the people on how to make their own decisions instead of special interest group coming in and saying, ‘Oh no, you’ve got to do this,'” she said.

Her priorities are continuing the state’s growth. She credited Reynolds for her actions on mask mandates in schools and allowing Iowans to live their lives “as normal as possible.”

Charlene said she wasn’t surprised. As a retired Iowan, Charlene said taxes are a huge issue for her.

“She said what I already knew,” she said. “She’s great.”

Pat said the stop confirmed what she already thought about Reynolds.

“She’s a great speaker. She’s a natural for Iowa. I think she does represent the people,” Pat said. “I think she does listen to the people.”

Pat predicted a very favorable 2022 campaign cycle for Reynolds.

The income tax reform bill has “impressed” Pat. But Reynolds’ commitment to the family is also critical.

“She’s interested in our children,” Pat said. “That’s very important to Iowans.”

Author: Jacob Hall

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