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Democratic candidate for Iowa Governor visits local university

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The Iowa Governor's race is just a little more than a year away now, and several candidates have declared their intentions to challenge current Governor Kim Reynolds.

One of the Democratic candidates is businessman, Fred Hubbell, who toured Upper Iowa University in Fayette on Thursday.  While on campus, Hubbell met with STEM and education students and faculty, saying education is his main focus.

 "We need to invest in people.  Health care is a part of that, counseling is a part of that, and education. I don't think we are getting that from our current leadership," said Hubbell during a roundtable discussion.

Hubbell wants to invest more of the state budget in education, saying the budget has been mishandled.

"We should be investing locally in our people and that will drive the success of the state. That means we need more money into education, so we need to find money in the budget that has been wasted. I promise you it is there," said Hubbell.

One teacher and graduate student told Hubbell he is looking for jobs in Minnesota because of the end to collective bargaining.

"All I want to encourage the legislation to do is go back to where we were. It was working fine. It didn't get changed because it wasn't working. It was purely done for ideological reasons by out-of-state business interest, forcing our legislature to make these decisions," said Hubbell.

When asked about future jobs for Eastern Iowa, Hubbell said there are a lot of job opportunities already that Iowans need to take better advantage of.

Hubbell is one of eight Democratic candidates running for Iowa Governor.

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