As the 2022 election season approaches, Barb Kniff McCulla, Republican candidate for Iowa’s District 37, says the combination of her faith and passion for creating opportunity for Iowans is driving his campaign.
“After much prayer and discernment, I felt the time was right,” said McCulla, president of the Iowa Division of the National Federation of Independent Business and herself a small business owner. She says she hopes to bring her experience as a business owner with her if elected in November.
“I hope I bring a lot to the table when I’m up there and be able to make good decisions for the people of District 37, as well as the State of Iowa. I look forward to to make it happen and do the right thing, and make sure we continue to move the state of Iowa forward…Small businesses are in my heart.Making sure opportunities are there for those who come behind us, whether it’s a small farmer trying to get into the next generation, or a small business on Main Street, making sure they’re ready to go,” he said. she declared.
McCulla spoke to the Herald about her passion for making sure small business owners and emerging entrepreneurs have the resources they need to pursue their dreams, despite bureaucracy which she says can sometimes get in the way.
McCulla also spoke with the Herald about some key issues impacting this year’s election season, such as Gov. Kim Reynolds’ education proposal that would give 10,000 students a total of $55 million in scholarships. funded by taxpayers to pay the expenses of private schools. . The proposal, called “savings accounts for education” by Republicans, is often described by its supporters as a way to “let the money follow the child instead of the school.” The proposal did not pass in the last state legislative session, but is expected to be proposed again in 2023.
“I think parents should have the right to be able to choose where their children go to school,” McCulla said. “Our region is a magnificent region. School systems, both Christian and public, are fantastic school systems, but I know there are places where there are problems, and if people just had the option of choosing where their children could go. .. They brought this child into the world, and they are making the right choices for this child. That’s what I believe.
McCulla discussed the use of eminent domain, saying that when used correctly, it can be a good thing. She also discussed strong oversight of land and property taxes to support Iowa farmers and business owners in a tough economy, especially after the summer drought.
One of the hottest topics discussed was the implications of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The ruling overturned the precedent set by Roe v Wade and made abortions a state-level issue rather than a constitutionally guaranteed right. Republicans in Iowa are expected to pass pro-life legislation previously ruled unconstitutional under the Roe v Wade precedent in the coming year.
McCulla said she would like to see more preventative health measures put in place now that Iowa has the potential to become “a very pro-life state” in the near future.
“I think what we need to do on this particular issue is educate our people,” McCulla said.
She advocates for more education and support for people facing an unplanned pregnancy.
“We have to work on adoption,” McCulla said. “If these people want to have a child, but don’t necessarily want the child, there are so many people waiting to have a child… We have to remember that smiling, happy and beautiful children make all of our lives a best place. . I think that’s where you have to start. »
Another election issue that has captured national attention is gun control. Following the Uvalde school shooting, protesters staged a rally in the town square of Oskaloosa to demand tougher laws both nationally and in Iowa regarding the possession of ‘fire arms.
McCulla says she supports Second Amendment rights, but also sees an urgent need to keep school children safe.
“I think there needs to be a panel set up to try to figure out what’s the best way to handle this, what can we do in addition to what we’re already doing,” McCulla said. “There are a bunch of caucuses and so on. Maybe a panel gets together with the police, the school board, and the parents just to talk about what we’re seeing.
McCulla knows the importance of opening the floor to input from Iowans when it comes to issues like these.
“That’s where the ideas come from,” McCulla said. “Other people who are allowed to use the creativity that the Lord has given them to say, ‘Hey, has anyone thought of this? And that?'”
McCulla is open to hearing from others as she campaigns to keep Iowa moving forward.