Kraayenbrink, Sexton, Mosiman rally Republicans

ROCKWELL CITY – Republican state Senate hopeful Tim Kraayenbrink pledged Thursday evening to be a smart steward of taxpayers’ money if he is elected.

“We’ve got to start doing things smarter,” he said. “We’ve got to start spending your money smarter.”

Kraayenbrink spoke at the Calhoun County Republican Family Picnic at the Rockwell City Community Center.

Mike Sexton, a former state senator now running for the Iowa House of Representatives, and Auditor of State Mary Mosiman also addressed the roughly 45 people in attendance.

Kraayenbrink, of Fort Dodge, faces state Sen. Daryl Beall, D-Fort Dodge, in Senate District 5. That district includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus most of Webster County.

The Republican candidate, who owns Kraayenbrink Financial and Associates, stressed his business background.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” he said of running for office. “I’m not a politician, I’m a business person.”

“I’m not looking for power,” he added. “All I’m looking for is just to go to the Senate and bring some common sense.”

Sexton, of Rockwell City, is seeking to represent House District 10, which includes Calhoun, Humboldt and Pocahontas counties plus western Webster County.

He faces Libertarian Lynne Gentry, of Rockwell City, in the November general election. However, apart from acknowledging that he has an opponent, Sexton said almost nothing about his bid to return to the state Capitol. Instead, he talked mostly about Kraayenbrink’s race.

“I’m kind of focused on helping Tim,” he said. “Tim’s race is the race, folks. Everybody in the state of Iowa is watching that race.”

He noted that the Beall versus Kraayenbrink contest may determine which party controls the state Senate in which Democrats now hold a narrow majority.

“A vote for Sen. Beall is a vote for Sen. Gronstal,” he said, referring to state Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs.

Mosiman was appointed to office last year after former Auditor of State David Vaudt resigned. She faces Democrat Jon Neiderbach in the general election.

“I get pretty fired up with anything pertaining to government finances,” she said.

“As your state auditor, I get pretty excited about what we do from that position,” Mosiman added. “We audit. We audit every day and all day. We audit all of state government and we oversee audits of local government. In our oversight responsibility, we provide training to the private CPA firms that provide governmental audits.”