Dean Fisher started his campaign for the Iowa House 17 months ago. After attending more than 300 events and knocking on more than 6,000 doors, Fisher said he is optimistic heading into the Nov. 6 election.
The Republican farmer from Garwin is running for the Iowa House in District 72 against Democrat Nathan Wrage, of Gladbrook. Both are newcomers to the world of state politics.
"I'm feeling very positive about it, but you don't know until the votes are counted," Fisher said.
Fisher said if he were elected one of his main priorities would be to have commercial property tax reform. He feels it would not only help in attracting more jobs to the state but also help with job retention.
"We need to make sure businesses know they are welcome and can be profitable in Iowa," Fisher said.
As far as education, Fisher would like to see less state mandates and more local control.
"I think it's got to start with more decision-making back to the local school districts," he said.
He said giving local school districts more control on spending would allow for flexibility, which can help them better serve their students. He also said many of the problems in education in Iowa starts at the home.
Fisher said the Iowa Supreme Court was "out of bounds" when they decided to make law regarding the same sex marriage issue.
On the issue of partisan politics, he said communication and finding common ground would be his way to bridge the gap between Republicans and Democrats at the State Capitol.
"You've got to find the common points and work together," he said. "I'll certainly work with both sides and in come cases we're going to differ."
District 72 includes all of Tama County and portions of Marshall and Blackhawk counties.