Hubbell double

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Fred Hubbell, Democrat candidate for Iowa governor, dropped by West Liberty Thursday, Jan. 18, to introduce himself to the community.

“People are frustrated, people are mad,” he told a small gathering at El Patio Restaurant. “They want to see change, they want to see results in our state, not just negative talk.”

Hubbell is making various stops across the State of Iowa in order to promote his run for the Democrat Party’s nominee for Iowa governor.

He wants to replace Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Republican, who will also be running in the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018, election.

“When you look around with what’s going on with our state, with the mismanagement of our budget, the fiscal and legislative priorities that our governor has today, they’re really running our state into the ground,” he said.

Hubbell, business man, is one of seven declared candidates for the Democrat primary. He was the chairman of Younkers and later President of Equitable of Iowa.

He’s also the second Iowa gubernatorial candidates to come through West Liberty.

Nate Boulton, Democrat Iowa Senator who represents the 16th district, passed through West Liberty back on Oct. 26, 2017 where he spoke in Lisa’s Place.

So far none of the three declared Republican candidates, Gov. Kim Reynolds, Cedar Rapids Ron Corbett and Steven Ray, Mayor pro-tem, have visited.

Candidate Hubbell believes college tuition is too high, medicaid needs help and mental health is not being addressed in the state.

“That’s why I’m running for governor, because we need somebody to take us back in the right direction he said.

Hubbell is a supporter of Planned Parenthood, United Way of Central Iowa, Urban Dreams, Simpson College, Broadlawns Medical Center, Des Moines Social Club, Iowa Environmental Council and Iowa’s Water and Land Legacy.

“I think we need to restore the funding to Planned Parenthood,” he said specifically, “When they take away that funding all it does is make 1,500 people have to go find another doctor.”

He also brought up the Iowa budget, where he would put a priority on education and training, healthcare and raising income. He’s no fan of Gov. Reynolds budget.

On that note, West Liberty’s Rotary Club is currently organizing a gubernatorial forum for Democratic Party Candidates to be held Tuesday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the community center.

Of the seven candidates, all have confirmed their attendance except for Fred Hubbell.

They include State Senator Nate Boulton, President of SEIU Local 199 Cathy Glasson, former Chairwoman of the Iowa Democratic Party Andy McGuire, attorney Jon Neiderbach, former chief of staff to Governor Tom Vilsack John Norris and former Mayor of Iowa City Ross Wilburn.

The Rotary Club is also attempting to put together a forum for the Republican Candidates as well, but has yet to get the candidates to agree on a date.
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