Rogers v. Greenwood race in House Dist. 60 could tip power
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Walt Rogers talks with Republican volunteer
Bob Greenwood visits with a Waterloo supporter
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
While many eyes are on the presidential race, control of the Iowa legislature could shift. In House District 60, incumbent Republican Walt Rogers is taking on Democratic challenger and Waterloo city councilman Bob Greenwood.
In the home stretch before election day, Democrats and Republicans are both working to secure every last vote.
At the Republican victory office in Cedar Falls, volunteers are busy manning the phones. Walt Rogers is hoping momentum around the national ticket will rub off on the local level, helping him win a second term in the Iowa house.
"The most fulfilling thing for me is just representing the voters of my district. So I talk to them, and I see them, and they tell me about their struggles. They like the idea of smaller, smarter government: cutting spending, cutting taxes, and getting back on track with the state of Iowa's budget, and hopefully the federal government, too," Rogers said.
Democrat Bob Greenwood hopes to snag Rogers' seat. Greenwood believes his experience with business and local government are a great combination for leadership in Des Moines.
"I've been able to start a business with two people and now have, employ 47 people in four different locations. So I understand how to put together a budget, how to grow and expand," said Greenwood.
The Greenwood-Rogers match-up is likely to be a tight race. Rogers lost his first statehouse bid by just 22 votes and won his current seat by only around 900 votes.
Both men say they'll be good stewards of the state's money, but have differing views on how that gets done.
"We were on a trajectory of spending, spending, spending and we turned that around. Now we're spending less than we take in. I want to continue that legacy, continue that idea. We in Iowa are conservative fiscally, and because of that, that's going to create more and more jobs," Rogers said.
"Government is not the answer to everything. But government is part of the solution of giving us tools: streets, water, sewer, to expand the footprint of business and small business in the state. If there's essential services that are being cut that could be funded with the surplus, I'd be for doing that," said Greenwood.
And with only a little more than two weeks to election day, you can expect a lot more phone calls and door-bell ringing as candidates try to win over your vote on November 6th.
All of this year's state legislative races have the potential to tip the balance of power in Des Moines. That's because currently, Republicans hold a narrow majority in the House, while Democrats have a narrow majority in the Senate.
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