To the editor:
Des Moines Senator Jack Hatch came to Fort Dodge on his tour announcing he was running for governor. After promising he would run a campaign about ideas rather than mud-slinging, he slung mud. I can't say I'm surprised that a Des Moines politician like Jack Hatch doesn't know what to do other than slinging mud.
Iowans should know is the truth. Under Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds, Fort Dodge metro unemployment fell from 8.6 percent to 6.1 percent, according to Iowa Workforce Development. The same department reports the city of Fort Dodge's unemployment plunged from 7.7 percent to 6.1 percent.
If those outstanding job numbers aren't impressive enough, Branstad and Reynolds also worked to make sure Cargill acquired the Tate & Lyle plant outside of town. Then the two of them visited CJ in South Korea and helped to bring their $320 million investment to our community. They're continually fighting for us.
Iowans should stand up and tell candidates to leave the distasteful rhetoric at home in Des Moines. I want leaders like Gov. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Reynolds who fight for Iowa and Iowa values.