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Wolfswinkel runs as Republican candidate in Iowa's District 1

SIBLEY, Iowa -- The turning point in Kevin Wolfswinkel's decision to run for the Iowa House of Representatives District 1 Republican nomination was when he learned that "Republicans don't defend their good platform."

Wolfswinkel announced Monday that he will run against incumbent Jeff Smith for the new District 1, which encompasses Lyon and Osceola counties and the northern area of Dickinson County.

An Osceola County native, Wolfswinkel also said that with both his daughters leaving home, he had more time to focus on his intention to run for candidacy.

"It has been a long process, but I've been involved in legislative issues for 20 years," he said, adding that he has served as president and the voting delegate for the Osceola County Farm Bureau. "Being involved in organizations like Right To Work gave me insights into legislation. I became concerned."

Should he get elected, one of his priorities is to be an advocate for a pro-life bill, he said.

"We need to put an end to this," he said.

He also wants to assist in the restoration of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

"I want the opportunity to advance the constitutional right to protect our families," he said. "My opponent voted against it, but a lot of Iowans think it should be restored. It's a black-and-white issue and until we resolve them, we can't resolve the hundreds of gray areas."

In terms of funding, Wolfswinkel said that there is a need to streamline some of the governmental efforts.

"Education is very important to me and about 60 percent of the state's budget goes to it," he said. "With our test scores continuing to drop, we need to be realistic and analyze the source of the problem. Money doesn't solve a systemic problem."

He cited the same problem in social services and questioned the root of the problem.

"Are we getting the results from the money we spent?" he asked. "I call this a systemic problem."

Wolfswinkel has a bachelor's degree in accounting but has been a farmer for 35 years. He currently serves on his church board, the Osceola County Republican Central Committee and the Osceola County Farm Bureau.

"District 1 is a conservative district, and it is a mostly Republican district," he said. "I've seen our leaders give lip service, but we need to go to Des Moines to be committed to fight for our district."

Daily Globe Reporter Ana Anthony can be reached at 376-7321.