GOP leaders show support for Kraayenbrink

State Senate hopeful Tim Kraayenbrink was joined by some of Iowa’s Republican leaders Saturday night in Webster County as he rallied support for his campaign, which emphasizes fewer regulations and better schools.

”I’m really excited to be here,” Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said during a fundraiser for Kraayenbrink at the Community Orchard, 2237 160th St. ”I think this is going to to be a fantastic year for Republicans in 2014.”

Kraayenbrink, of Fort Dodge, is running against state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, in the Nov. 4 general election. They are seeking to represent state Senate District 5, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus most of Webster County.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and state Senate Minority leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock, joined Reynolds at the event. About 240 people attended.

”I just believe that I’m in touch with what the constituents of my area feel passionate about,” Kraayenbrink said during an interview at Saturday night’s event.

”I feel our state is ready to be more friendly to small businesses,” he added.

Reducing taxes and regulations is the way the state can become more friendly to small businesses, he said. Doing that is one of the priorities he said he will work on if he is elected.

He said his other priorities are improving the state’s schools and ”making sure our families are safe in our communities.”

However, he said he’s not ready to introduce any specific proposals to address those three priorities.

Reynolds said winning Republican control of the Iowa Senate in this year’s elections will enable the administration of Gov. Terry Branstad and the Legislature to ”tackle some of the issues that will take this state to the next level.”