A note from Darla Vander Plaats
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Why I will vote for Bob Vander Plaats. As his wife of 22 years, you may not think it noteworthy to say that I will vote for Bob.
You would probably guess that I am voting for Bob because I love him and want to see his efforts succeed. That would be true.
You might also guess that I am voting for Bob because I know firsthand his character, integrity, faith and heart for serving others and because I believe that he has many qualities which will make him a great leader for our state. That would also be true.
In fact, these truths used to be the whole of my support for Bob and his campaign.
However, over the course of the last several months I, not as his wife but as a concerned citizen of our state, have developed an even stronger conviction that Iowans need to choose Bob Vander Plaats in June, and then again in November.
I have had a front row seat observing Bob, his campaign staff, and their network of volunteers as they go about this very intense and fast-paced campaign. I am impressed over and over again, as I see them handle very difficult situations with grace, truth and dignity.
Please join fellow Republicans Monday night, January 16th for your local caucus. Bob Vander Plaats will be speaking at the caucus in Polk County, as well as stopping by several caucuses in the surrounding area. Darla Vander Plaats will be speaking in their home county of Plymouth. Bob is also honored to have the following, well-respected Iowans speaking on his behalf throughout the state:––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Iowans talking with Iowans Steve Sukup2002 Opponent and currently serving as Vander Plaats’ State Chair Dick JohnsonState Auditor (1979-2003) and Vander Plaats’ State Co-Chair Bernie SaggauIowa High School Athletic Executive Director (1967-2005) and Vander Plaats’ State Co-Chair Paul PateFormer Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Iowa Secretary of State, and State Senator Kitty RehbergFormer State Senator and Vander Plaats’Education Chair Bill Salier2002 U.S. Senate Candidate Mike WellsPresident of Wells’ Blue Bunny and Vander Plaats Finance Chair Mike Hartwig2002 Secretary of State Candidate Dwayne AlonsState Representative Dave MulderState Senator Al ManningFormer Mayor of Waterloo Craig DeckerLoras College Republican––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
Join Bob Vander Plaats & Bernie Saggau for a Post-Caucus ReceptionAt the Iowa Hall of Pride103 Park Street, Downtown Des MoinesPlease call 515-278-6306 for more information
I have seen them immediately, and without hesitation, reject suggestions of taking the easy but slightly questionable approach to a problem.
I have heard them strive for honest and serious answers to questions, not the quick sound-bites that mean nothing. I have become convinced that Bob and the people he has brought around him can provide the kind of leadership that our state desperately needs at this time.
For more than a year, Bob has been meeting with committees to discuss Education, Economic Growth, Management of our state's government, and Healthcare. He has loaded these committees with highly qualified individuals and charged them with identifying bold plans to remedy specific challenges facing Iowa.
I am excited for Bob to share these ideas with you over the coming months.
I must admit that I am a skeptic. Many times, when hearing Bob's plans for leading Iowa, I have questioned whether our state's leaders are ready to accept such bold change. But the more I listen and absorb, and the more I learn about the condition of our state, the more convinced I am that these decisions aren't only viable, they are necessary.
The changes that the Vander Plaats team is striving for are not quick-fixes. They are long-term, far-reaching, fundamental changes that are long over-due.
As the mother of four children and a citizen of this state, I want someone to step up and do what needs to be done. I know Bob Vander Plaats thoroughly, and am confident that he will do just that.
Some want to question Bob's ability to lead Iowa simply because he is not a career politician. Frankly, that is the precise reason that I believe Bob is, indeed, the right person for the job.
While I do appreciate public service, my foray into the political world brings a fundamental problem to my attention. Too often, difficult decisions are avoided in the name of re-election.
I believe that we need a Governor who will make tough decisions based on a serious interest and love for Iowa.
Bob has had many interests and passions in his life. He has much to offer the state and is eager to serve, and I support this endeavor because I know that he is not looking for a notch on his political belt.
I am excited at the prospect of what can happen in our state under a leader like that.
Never in my wildest dreams have I entertained the idea of being Iowa's First Lady. I am still ambivalent about that part of this quest, because there is much about the public life that concerns me.
The role of First Lady carries great responsibility and it is a position that should not be taken lightly. If given the opportunity, I will consider it a privilege to represent Iowa with dignity; to advocate for children with disabilities and continuing to care for our four boys.
I believe with all my heart that the state of Iowa will be well-served by Bob Vander Plaats and his administration. I am joining many people across Iowa in doing all I can to help make that happen.
If you haven't already, please join us in this cause. Together, we can make it happen.
For more information on the Vander Plaats for Governor Campaign visit www.vpforgov.com
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