The voting machines haven’t even cooled off yet from Tuesday’s municipal and school board elections, but Irwin Republican, Bret Richards, is canvassing the area for the 2020 November General Election. Richards is challenging 4th Congressional District Congressman, Steve King, and says it is high time politicians voluntarily back away from making service a life-long career. This was one of the motivating factors for his jumping into the fray.
Richards pledges that he will serve no more than five terms. The conservative, self-professed Reagan-aligned candidate, identifies several priorities in his campaign. He says Republicans are missing out by not talking about healthcare in this country and allowing the Democrats to dominate the debate with social medicine ideologies.
The pro-life issue is one Richards says can be addressed in several ways. He is a proponent of increasing funding for adoptions, defunding Planned Parenthood and enacting national heartbeat legislation. Iowa’s economy has been detrimentally impacted this year. First by flooding and tariffs and then the Environmental Protection Agency’s distribution of Small Refinery Waivers (SRW) that have gone to some of the biggest oil companies in the world. This has drastically reduced mandated ethanol levels outlined in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Richards says we just can’t have the government promising one thing and then mid-way through the year doing something different. There are ethanol plants closing all across the district, others that are struggling and farmers who had relied on this industry for marketing their crops. If the problem still exists after the 2020 election, Richards says he will push for Congress to recapture the reins, re-energize the biofuels industry and work to give producers a free and fair market.
When it comes to the incumbent, King and his year-long removal from all committees, Richards says Iowa constituents are the ones who have paid the price. They have missed out on a full year of their representative exerting influence that possibly could have moved the needle in favor of them on several different issues. And Richards says the combination of his Iowa values and military and business experience make him the best candidate to get things done, solve the problems we need to solve and bring the nation’s budget back where it should be. Richards and his wife Jill have three children, Conner (16) and twins Ella and Zander (13). Richards has an open-door policy and welcomes questions and comments from residents. A link to his website and his contact information can be found below.