Jonathan Narcisse pledges to be a ''sentinel on watch'' protecting the interests of average Iowans if he is elected governor.
''I'm running because someone needs to protect the good and honest people of Iowa,'' Narcisse said Wednesday during a visit to Fort Dodge. ''The men who have power in this state have not done that.''
His strategy for protecting Iowans includes working to restore integrity to state government, cutting taxes for working class residents and using income tax rebates to fund local economic development efforts.
The Democrat from Des Moines outlined steps he would take on his first day in office if he is elected.
First, he said he would set up a process to protect the pensions of the state's teachers, firefighters, police officers and other public employees.
Then, he said he would order the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to conduct forensic audits of state and local government agencies to root out corruption.
Narcisse said that also on his first day in office, he would end Iowa's participation in the federal education reform commonly called No Child Left Behind because it is a ''public policy perversion that has rendered no good.'' He said he would additionally remove the state from the new Common Core Curriculum, a national program which he said is not good for Iowans.
The candidate, who ran for governor in 2010 as an independent, faces state Sen. Jack Hatch, of Des Moines, and Paul Dahl, of Webster City, for the Democratic nomination. Gov. Terry Branstad is unopposed for the Republican nomination.
''I have known both Gov. Branstad and Jack Hatch for decades,'' Narcisse said. ''This isn't personal.''
But he said Branstad and the Democratic leaders in the Legislature ''have proven that they just don't get it.''
''Iowans are hurting and there is no one speaking to their needs,'' he said.
Narcisse said he has an economic development plan that will help to alleviate the pain he says Iowans are suffering.
He said economic development policy now consists of taxing working class people and then giving state money to big corporations to lure them to Iowa. The candidate wants to instead give tax breaks to the working class. Narcisse proposes to eliminate state income tax on overtime pay. He's also proposing income tax rebates of up to 15 percent that people could only invest in non-profits or local economic development projects.
Narcisse said if he is elected he will serve a maximum of two terms.