If you are like me, you feel overwhelmed by the news out of D.C. and Des Moines. I felt powerless until I met a candidate for governor named Cathy Glasson.
My parents are technologists and longtime union members at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. They chose the UIHC partly so my siblings and I could get great health care. However, time and again, former Gov. Terry Branstad made promises on the campaign trail, then turned around and slashed benefits. The gutting of collective-bargaining rights during the last legislative cycle was the final straw. I knew that this year something had to change. We cannot elect Branstad 2.0.
I was uninspired by the choices until I met Cathy. The first time I heard her speak, I knew she was the real deal. I am impressed by her background as an intensive-care-unit nurse and a union organizer, and her vociferous support of issues such as the $15 minimum wage and universal health care. Most importantly, she inspires young and old to get off the couch and make change happen.
We need something new — not the same tired, old tactics. Iowans are hungry for change, and they need someone with fire, not a bland political insider. That is why I’m supporting Cathy Glasson for governor and encourage you to support her on June 5.
— Rebecca Barrett