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Two words define Ed Malloy’s candidacy for State Senator: Experience and Achievement
I can tell you, having worked with Ed over 20 years on the Loop Trail & Maasdam Barn projects, having watched him as mayor in countless city council meetings that he is a master at waiting until the exact right moment to summarize a situation or call for a council vote. I can tell you that he is extraordinarily balanced as a human being and that he has won the respect of locals as a leader and man of integrity.
I have read some wonderful letters of support of behalf of Mary Stewart. She sounds like a terrific person and someone of great integrity as well.
Ed, because of his years of experience in local and statewide government, has a vision of possibilities and know-how that Mary just doesn’t possess. Ed has a myriad of statewide contacts, friends, and legislative associates. Given a chance, he could build some incredible coalitions with huge, positive outcomes for the state, such as his recent coalition building to help Iowans clean and transform their impaired waterways.
While I applaud everything about Mary, it’s extremely rare to find someone these days in politics who has the vision, integrity, experience, and track record that Ed has. As I’ve aged, I lean more towards pragmatism:
I think Ed Malloy is the more experienced legislative candidate and has the best chance to win in November.
~ Ron Blair
There are two main reasons I’m so strongly in Ed Malloy’s camp.
First, he’s created a big tent here in Fairfield. Despite the broad spectrum of political and philosophical differences here, he has done a great job in finding the common ground on which people can agree and with which progress can be made.
Ed has helped bring Fairfield and Jefferson County great success in areas like economic development, increased population, and a stronger tourism base. It is well worth reading his positions, which are very specific, at https://www.malloyforiowa.org/.
Second, with his long experience as mayor and city council member, he is acutely aware of the impact the state legislature and executive branch can have on small towns and rural communities. That’s a perspective he will bring to the Iowa Senate.
We need someone like Ed, with strong experience and a local-impact perspective, who can build common ground in Des Moines.
~ Randy Dillon
A voter asked if Ed was intentionally silent on the Standing Rock protests, the Water Protectors, and the Bakken and Keystone pipelines. He’s also asked if Ed will accept contributions from the petroleum industry PACs if he’s elected.
Thanks for your message. If you have been to my website you will see that I have positions on many subjects that are at the heart of this race and important to the constituents of this district. I have not been silent on the issues you bring up by intention. They simply do not come up in my campaigning outreach the way that economy, health care, environment and education do.
Full disclosure, I work in the fuel brokerage business. I run a small business that brokers gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. We provide a negotiating service on price and delivery for a spot cash market. We own no assets, do not drill or extract, we own no stock in oil companies. We employ 7 people. I know the industry and its pipeline infrastructure well. I assume you know this by your question about taking money from Oil PAC’s specifically and not other PAC’s. I will not accept money from Oil PAC’s.
When I saw what the rest of the world witnessed at Standing Rock I was appalled. The Native American people were again being disrespected by our government. I have always governed with a spirit of compromise and I was disappointed to see that there was no regard for the native American concerns about sacred lands and water protections. It was wrong and a bad outcome.
Regarding the pipeline, I am against eminent domain for private purposes. It is a tool for public purposes that should be used only in special circumstances. In my 24 years in city government, we have only used it twice to expand an airport runway and a wastewater treatment plant. I each case those property owners were treated with respect and compensated fairly. This process has no business in the public sector.
I am not a supporter of fracking for gas and oil and certainly not in Iowa as we already have enough impacts polluting our waters.
When the DAPL was being constructed it came through our county and I was concerned about the impact. At the same time, I was also aware that the BNSF railroad was already carrying Bakken crude through our city. The tracks run through not only industrial areas, but also neighborhoods. I was concerned about derailment and a catastrophic event, so if the pipeline was going to be developed, it was safer for our community from that level. I understand that a pipeline rupture and leak would pose other damages to water contamination but public safety was an important consideration.
I am committed to the transition from fossil fuels. I power my home and office building with solar. I have led Fairfield for the last 10 years since we published a national recognized Go Green strategic plan in reducing our energy consumption and promoting renewable energy. We are a leader in this area and I am an advocate for real grassroots action to mitigate carbon. We walk our talk. I believe cities all over the country can make an impact on climate change by engaging citizens, businesses, and governments in this action.
If you have not been to Fairfield, I invite you to come and see what a community engaged with the clean energy movement looks like. I would be happy to give you a tour of the 2 MW’s of solar, two manufacturing companies completely powered by solar, an off-grid development and much more. We all want the same future. One powered by nature that doesn’t degrade the environment and respects the earth.
Mayor, City of Fairfield
In the past 15 years that Ed Malloy has been our mayor, he has guided the community in creating more business, increasing tourism, making Fairfeld a more sustainable green town. Ed has the natural ability to bring different people together regardless of their political beliefs. Ed treats every person in front of him with the same respect, attention and equality.
When you vote, I encourage you to vote for Ed as he is the strongest candidate with a long proven track record.
This ultimately is not about who would be the best nominee for the Democratic Party. Both candidates are capable people, both are intelligent and hard working. This election is about who can win in November.
Will we have a Democrat or a Republican in the Iowa State Senate? Ed Malloy has already proven that he has the negotiating skills, the proof of economic success in this town and the values to carry Iowa forward.
– Radhika Schwartz, Fairfield
The Democratic primary is June 5, and I encourage people to vote for Fairfield Mayor Ed Malloy, Democrat for Iowa State Senate.
Under Ed Malloy’s leadership, Fairfield has become nationally recognized as one of the most innovative small cities in the country — named “America’s Most Entrepreneurial City,” an “Iowa Great Place,” and one of the “Top 10 Small Cities to Visit in America” (Smithsonian Magazine).
This January, expedia.com chose Fairfield to represent Iowa as their “50 Best Escapes in All 50 States.” In his first year as mayor, Ed led Fairfield in a citywide strategic planning and economic development study that positioned us as a rising star among Iowa cities with its diverse arts and culture, dynamic economy, tourism-caliber attractions, and leadership on sustainability and wellness initiatives.
His forward-thinking leadership sparked private and public collaborations that resulted in many unprecedented achievements — a citywide reduction of energy use of 8.5 percent (measured by Alliant), designation as a Blue Zone, the monthly Art Walk which brings people from all over Iowa to our city, the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, the new outdoor swimming pool, the Cambridge SportsPlex, and the 17-mile Loop Trail.
Ed’s top priority is revitalizing rural Iowa, and his track record in Fairfield makes him the strongest candidate to represent us. He’s the experienced leader we can count on to bring good jobs, better schools, access to quality healthcare, and clean water to our four-county district and to Iowa.
He has the grit to stand up against the special interests that have placed a stranglehold on our legislature, and the skill to reach across the aisle to inspire collaboration and cooperation.
We need to put Ed’s decades of success to work for Iowa. Vote for Ed Malloy, Democrat for Iowa State Senate on June 5!
— Dean Draznin, Fairfield
Iowa’s minimum wage is $7.25 matching federal law and is one of the lowest in the country. Two states—California and the District of Columbia—are scheduled to raise their minimum wages to $15.00 per hour over the next 5 years.
Today the highest state wage is $12.50, and I believe that Iowa should match the highest wage of $12.50 in two years and $15.00 in 4 years. The recent tax cuts that were passed should be coupled with an increase in the minimum wage. It’s as important a competitive principal to increase wages as it is putting money back into high-income earner’s pockets with tax cuts.
A living wage for one adult in District 41 is calculated to be $10.10. A living wage for two adults and one child in District 41 is $15.75. We need to target higher wages to meet the needs of wage earners in the district.
A $15.00 minimum wage should be our goal.