To the editor:
As president of AFSCME Iowa Council 61, representing 40,000 employees across the state, I am proud to announce our organization's endorsement of Tyler Olson's candidacy for governor. After carefully reviewing the gubernatorial candidates, we are pleased to support a candidate with such a compelling vision for Iowa's future.
AFSCME members were impressed by Olson's commitment to strengthen and grow Iowa's middle class. Much like our members who work to keep our communities safe from violent criminals, ensure our children arrive safely to school and plow our roads during dangerous weather, Tyler Olson is committed to making Iowa a better place to live and work. We are confident that he will bring Iowans together and focus on making sure that all Iowans have the opportunity to achieve and maintain the American Dream.
When the middle class is strong, Iowa is strong. Tyler Olson knows that even in good times, many middle-class Iowans are hanging by a thread, doing everything they can to hold onto the American Dream. He understands that many parents worry about whether their children will still have the same opportunities they have had. Mr. Olson has talked with Iowans who are struggling to get by and desperately trying to get ahead in life and join the middle class, and has committed his campaign vision to investing in education, health care, and economic opportunities that create good middle-class jobs.
Tyler Olson is building a strong campaign organization focused on positive change. We are confident that he will be able to raise the resources necessary to ensure that Iowans will hear a fair debate on the future of our state, and put an end to the cynical divide and conquer politics of Terry Branstad by winning on Election Day.
President, AFSCME Iowa Council 61