James Mills, a small business owner and educator from Nora Springs, is the Republican candidate running for Senate District 7, which includes the City of Mason City in Cerro Gordo County and all of Floyd and Mitchell Counties.
A lifelong Iowan raised on a family farm, Mills, 28, graduated with a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa in Math Education. Upon graduation, Mills taught as a high school math teacher Nora Springs Rock Falls Community School District. He also was as an educator with Sylvan Learning Center in Mason City. He was offered an opportunity to purchase the business and has now owned it for 4 years. Mills is running for the Senate because he wants to give back to the community and see his generation and the generations of Iowans yet to come be afforded the chance to obtain a good job and raise their families in safe communities and good schools.
"As a small business owner and educator, I have experience in job creation and fiscal management," said Mills. "I am running because I want to create jobs and focus on finding new ways for small business owners like me to create jobs so we can grow our state again. I want my generation and future generations of Iowans to be able to pursue their dreams in Iowa, find a rewarding career and raise their family," he continued.
Besides focusing on job creation and education excellence, Mills says he wants to get Iowa's budget back in line with revenues after three years of overspending and fiscal mismanagement created record deficits that have lead to increased property taxes. As a small business owner, he understands the burdens placed on small businesses by excessive government and says his record of results and optimistic message of job creation, property tax relief, responsible budgeting and education excellence will be stark contrast with his incumbent opponent. On the incumbent's watch, Iowa's spending grew out of control, property taxes kept going higher, more unfunded mandates were placed on our education system and they continue to vote for legislation that adds additional and significant barriers to job creation.
"Like most Iowans, I am upset with the unsustainable levels of spending that has lead to record deficits, the continued increases in taxes and the budgets that are produced in Des Moines that do not reflect the true priorities and values of Iowans," said Mills. "As your senator, I will only vote for responsible and fiscally sustainable budgets that reflects your priorities, keeps our taxes low and encourages job creation."
Mills and his wife Marie have four young boys. A life-long learner, active outdoorsman and an avid runner who has completed a marathon, Mills enjoys spending time with his family. Besides operating his small business, he is active in the community as a member of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce, a volunteer leader with the North Iowa Task Force, a lay leader of the Praise Community Church in Mason City and an NFIB member.
"I feel it is my duty as a father, husband and Iowan to do everything in my power to bring about fiscal responsibility, help create jobs and stand up to protect the taxpayer," said Mills. "I look forward to working hard to bring my optimistic message and grassroots campaign to every voter in the district as we all work together to bring about a new direction for Iowa and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren."
Information from http://jamesmillsforsenate.com/