Reeder vows to press for limited government in Congress
Editor’s note: In the latest in a series of articles introducing candidates on the June 2 primary election ballot, Steve Reeder, a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 4th Congressional District, answers some questions from The Messenger.
He faces state Sen. Randy Feenstra, U.S. Rep. Steve King, and Bret Richards in the race for the Republican nomination. The winner will face Democrat JD Scholten in the November general election.
The 4th Congressional District includes Webster County and all of its surrounding counties.
What is your previous political experience?
I have never worked for our government or held an elected official position. However, I have monitored the goverance of our country very closely. I have followed legislation through the House and Senate that had an effect on the lives and businesses of Iowans and Americans. I would call or write my representatives to voice my opinion and concerns.
What is your profession?
Commercial and industrial real estate brokerage and development. Numerous commercial, industrial, and land developments over 35 year career. Small business entrepreneur.
I gained valuable experience working with local and state officials on zoning, platting, administrative subdivisions, sanitary improvements districts (SIDs), and construction permitting in western Iowa and eastern Nebraska. My experience also includes consulting clients on 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, railroad properties, and state right of way.
What is your educational background?
Creighton Preparatory High School, University of Nebraska — Lincoln graduate 1983, BA in marketing education.
Why should the voters pick you?
Limiting the power of the federal government, especially in light of COVID, is more important than ever. We see the dysfunction in Congress, and using COVID by some leaders as an attempt to expand control. During my 35 years in commercial and industrial real estate and as a small business owner, I witnessed firsthand how decisions made in Congress made life harder for families, farmers, and the small business community. Now we have a president who has made significant accomplishments for the American people, and I am well-suited to help. Like our president, I have a strong and proven work ethic. My goal is to work together with congressmen and congresswomen to reduce the size of government, defend religious liberty from constant assault, advocate for life and our children, and protect our Constitutional freedoms. I will bring our shared values to Congress and be President Trump’s ally in Washington for Iowa.
I am in communication with businesses in all fields and industries across the district and there are untold challenges they face right now in reopening and considering business operations into the future. There is a silent majority right now in this primary election who support sending a businessman to Congress, a citizen legislator, who will not go to Washington saying look at all the ways government can help, instead say, here’s all the ways I’m going to help government stay out of the way of your freedoms, your dreams, your innovations, and your livelihoods.
Socialism erodes at what has made America great, namely, the liberties and freedoms we have. I want to ensure the opportunities I have had to provide for my family, the freedom to worship, and grow a successful business is possible for the next generation. Americans are resilient and the American spirit is alive and well. If you believe in less government, more faith, and more freedom, I want to work together with you to restore trust in our federal government.
In your opinion, what is the No. 1 issue facing the nation and what would you seek to do about it if elected?
There are threee areas that need equal and immediate attention.
A. Balanced budget. We must balance the budget as soon as possible to avoid leaving mountains of debt to our children and grandchildren.If Iowa’s families and businesses can balance their budgets, so can Congress.
B. Reducing regulation taxes so entrepreneurs, small businesses, and our agriculture community can thrive and be successful. President trump has done an outsanding job of slashing regulations and allowing our economy to flourish. However, he needs the help of Congress to keep the momentum going, especially since COVID.
C. The lies of teh Chinese Communist party created a global crisis; defending American sovereignty and an interets to protect the American people and our livelihoods is paramount.
What would you recommend to rejuvenate the economy?
Limited government, less regulation, lower taxes. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and they thrive when government stays out of the way of their success. A small business owner in Iowa knows how to operate their business and serve their customers better than bureaucrats in Washington. It’s the Iowa way, and that’s what I’ll be working to achieve in Congress.
The trimp administration achieved historic economic growth and job creation because of President trump’s business background and leadership in organizing strong task forces to address issues and bring government, the private sector, and philanthropic organizations together to create positive change. My background has given me business and financial experience, the ability to solve problems and strong negotiating skills. I represented thousands of clients across different fields and industries over tehc ourse of my career which gives me the experience to represent Iowans and Americans in Congres, especially in light of tackling challenges our businesses and livelihoods face.
What would you do to bring jobs to rural Iowa?
Rural revitalization of our small towns and main streets is one of the main reasons why I wanted to lend my three and a half decades of business experience to serve in Congress. Agriculture is an integral part of the Fourth District as well as business on our main streets. A limited government role is the solution to ensuring that farmers and ranchers are profitable in their famr and business operations. Farmers and ranchers require more markets for their grain and livestock. Over regulation drives many family farms out of business and creates barriers of entry for new farmers.
What changes in the health care system, if any, would you recommend in response to the coronavirus pandemic?
We need as many American to get and keep affordable health insurance as possible. The Affordable care Act raised premiums and lowered the quality of care. Sen. Dr. Rand paul introduced the American Healthshare Plans Act which gives unemployed Americans, small businesses and self-employed Americans negotiating power like the larger group plans ahve and also allows insurance to be sold across state lines. there are numerous ways to increase transparency, lower costs, and raise the quality of care. Unfortunately, Speaker Pelosi and others on teh radical left are halting republican efforts to get this done.