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Support John Rose

Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012 11:25 a.m. CDT

From Mayor Warren Woods


I see signs around town that are John Rose signs, and signs that are not John Rose signs. I think that it is extremely important to support our local candidate John Rose. Why would we have a sign in our yard and vote for someone who lives over 60 miles away nearly in Pottawattamie County and who has been a representative for almost 20 years? He might be a good man, but he certainly can't represent us here in Creston and Union County the way John Rose can.

John uses the word pragmatic in the description of his approach to the job of representative. This word has many meanings, among which are practical, sensible, no-nonsense, hardnosed and down to earth, which all describe John Rose. This is someone that we should all vote for. His career as a Creston High School teacher and coach has gained him the respect of many, many rural Iowans.

During the past legislative session, John's opponent voted for, and the Iowa House passed, a bill that would have forced a property tax increase on residential properties; fortunately, this bill did not get passed in the Senate. This bill would have rolled back commercial property taxes to the tune of $421.1 million to $783.6 million, which would need to be made up somewhere, most likely through increased residential property taxes.

John's approach is that reductions in commercial property taxes should not diminish local government services or add to residential and agricultural rates. In addition, John's expertise in education will be invaluable during these times of heightened awareness of education needs. It is high time that we elect a strong dedicated representative for District 21, and John Rose is that person.

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