Juliana Martinez–Staff Writer
After two years of rallies, advertisements, and campaigning across the state of Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds chose Sioux Center as her final destination the night before the general elections. Sioux County welcomed Reynolds as well as her running mate, Adam Gregg, a Sioux County Native, at Dean Holding’s Classic Cars building on Nov. 5.
Senator Randy Feenstra, a friend and colleague of Reynolds, noted that “Sioux County has shown that we have one of the largest margins of turnout for Republican candidates … we’re close to 80 percent every election.” In other words, 80 percent of those who vote in Sioux County will always vote for the Republican nominee.
Reynolds was joined by a host of Republicans from across the state, including U.S. Senator Joni Enrst.
“People can relate to them … [Ernst and Reynolds are] authentic, genuine people,” said Feenstra. Overall, Feenstra believed that the rally had a positive atmosphere and he appreciated that there were no “negative disparages among candidates.”
In general, people from Sioux County wanted to see the candidates promote themselves, and they did. Grace Lepensky, a sophomore from Dordt College, attended the rally and noted that it was great to see the Iowa GOP “as a whole, and then individually, as they spoke.” Lepensky said that the rally was a “great way of bringing Sioux County together in politics, and not in a mean and harsh way.” The rally felt natural and was an opportunity for voters to “see who our representatives are” and what they stand for.
Steve King, Iowa’s fourth district representative in the U.S. House, also spoke at the Monday rally in support of Reynolds. As he spoke, one man began to shout about tariffs and the price of corn. Although King continued to speak through the shouting, the protestor’s words were loud and clear: Iowa’s farmers are not happy with Trump’s tariffs and trade war.
“I think that is a concern for some people … but at the same time, I don’t think it’s appropriate to bring it up at a rally like this,” Lepensky said.
Feenstra agreed: “I fully understand … [the tariffs] are hitting the corn and bean prices pretty hard. There is a legitimate concern.”
However, Feenstra also noted that the best way of getting the message across to King, and politicians in general, is not by shouting at a rally, but by having some civility.
Governor Reynolds was declared the victor late Tuesday night, winning by a margin of 3 percent against her Democratic opponent, former businessmen, Fred Hubbell.
“We were just recognized as the number one state in the country, and you don’t get a recognition like that if you’re not doing some things right,” Reynolds said the night before the election, and “we are just getting started!”