As Nathan Wrage meets the voters in District 72, he is hearing one key theme as to what they want in a legislator - someone who gets things done and doesn't just follow their party line.
Wrage is a Democrat from Gladbrook running for the Iowa House and works as a custodian for Gladbrook-Reinbeck Schools. He said he can be the type of person to help both sides of the aisle work together.
"Voters want bipartisan cooperation in getting things done," Wrage said. "A lot of the political gamesmanship I'd like to avoid."
Wrage said in order for the state to help retain and draw new jobs, there has to be the commitment to funding education.
"We have to resume adequate funding for education," Wrage said. "The state's commitment to education has declined and we have seen the result of that."
He said a focus should be on workforce training and also feels there needs to be more recreational opportunities to draw prospective employees and employers to the state.
"I think we need to play upon our strengths," Wrage said.
As far as the issue of the Iowa Supreme Court, Wrage said the judges were doing their job when they interpreted the law as unconstitutional and allowed for same sex marriage.
"They were doing the job we expected them to do," he said.
As far as property taxes, Wrage said he would focus more on homestead property tax exemptions rather than reforming commercial property taxes if he was elected.
Wrage said he's been following politics for 25 years and feels the time is right to seek office.
"I have a desire for myself for public service," Wrage said.