(Griswold) Griswold Republican Jack Drake will be heading back to the State House for his 11th term. Drake defeated Creston Democrat John Rose, 8,299-6,273 for the newly drawn House 21 District. Drake says meeting new constituents was the real challenge in this campaign.
“I was very pleased with the results because over half of the district was new and I have had a lot of things happen over the past two-years,” stated Drake. “With my son getting hurt in an accident, and laid up for quite a period of time, and getting out and meeting people is always a challenge.”
Drake picked up all of Union County, Massena in Cass County, and lost all of Shelby County. He says he will be spending a lot of time with his new constituents.
“I try and get out with my constituents and listen to their concerns so I can represent them,” said Drake.
Jack Drake’s focus when he returns to the state capitol is jobs. He says Iowa’s rural job prospects have been hampered by high property taxes.
“And that is very difficult because our commercial property taxes are about the third or fourth highest in the United States and we need to deal with those,” Drake said. “There is no question that education is still very important and business people tell me there is a shortage of technical people in the job market.”
Balancing the state budget also is on Drake’s list of priorities and he is proud of the fact that Iowa lawmakers have been able to balance the budget the last two years.
November 7, 2012