Enters state senate race

Fort Dodge resident Tim Kraayenbrink hopes to apply his business and education experience to issues confronting Iowa as a member of the state Senate.

He is seeking the Republican nomination in Senate District 5 during the 2014 election. That district includes Calhoun, Humboldt, Pocahontas and Webster counties.

He is the only Republican candidate in that district so far.

State Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, is the incumbent.

”I’ve always been politically connected and motivated to do something for others,” Kraayenbrink said. ”I think I can bring fresh ideas and work with people in the Iowa Senate.”

Being fiscally responsible, expanding the economy and protecting the sanctity of life are among the key issues for the candidate.

He said he believes members of the public deserve to be heard on major issues by being allowed to vote on them during referendums.

State budget surpluses, he said, should be returned to ”those who have been overcharged.”

The candidate owns Kraayenbrink Financial and Associates, an independent investment advising firm he started in 2007.

From 1988 to 2007, he was a district representative for Aid Association for Lutherans/Thrivent.

The Paullina native started his professional career in 1982 at the former Northwest Webster School District, which is today’s Manson Northwest Webster Community School District. There, he taught high school industrial arts and drivers education. He was also the head football coach.

He has a bachelor’s degree from Northern State College in Aberdeen, S.D.

He and his wife, Sally, have three children and have served as foster parents for about 25 children over the years.