CEDAR FALLS, Iowa (KWWL) – There are 3 candidates vying for the state Senate seat left vacant by Jeff Danielson, who resigned in February.
Republican Walt Rogers, Democrat Eric Giddens, and Libertarian Fred Perryman all share the same goal of sitting in the Iowa Senate.
Rogers and Giddens, representing the major parties with often opposing views.
“I’m just going to go back to the core values of the cedar valley. Not raising taxes, I don’t think people want to raise taxes on everybody. I don’t think we want to get rid of fossil fuels. That will just devastate our economy,” said Rogers.
Giddens disagrees about the economic impact of getting rid of fossil fuels.
“We got a lot of wind turbines to build across the state, somebody has to build those turbines. That’s economic generation that goes across the whole state,” said Giddens.
Perryman says the government shouldn’t be too involved.
“I would rather it be developed on it’s on. If we can get more efficient energy, by other means, by all means, do it. Constantly propping up things that aren’t working, or subsidizing already profitable companies that doesn’t help anybody but those companies,” said Perryman.
The candidates also talked about education.
“Looking at what we need to do to improve our education is going to take more than throwing a whole bunch of money at it,” said Perryman.
Rogers answered the question by referring to his record.
“One thing I’m proud of is I’ve freed up over 200 million dollars of categorical money that schools had, but weren’t able to touch,” said Rogers.
“We need to find a way, across party lines, to provide adequate resources to uni, which we have not been doing,” said Giddens.
With three varying viewpoints and just a week left, all three agree its in the hands of the voters.
“The person who’s going to be successful in this district, I believe has to demonstrate a commitment to the cedar valley, regardless of party,” said Giddens.
Below is voting information from the Black Hawk County Auditor’s Office:
SATELLITE VOTING schedule:
Wednesday, March 13: Maucker Union, UNI, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday, March 13: Diamond Event Center, 5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday, March 14: Diamond Event Center, 5307 Caraway Lane, Cedar Falls, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
COURTHOUSE VOTING schedule:
Weekdays through Monday, March 18: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday, March 16: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Room 210, Courthouse
316 E. 5th St.