Rita Hart Talks Issues With Iowa Voters In “Backyard Talks” Tour

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IA-02 Candidate Rita Hart Takes “Backyard Talks” Tour Across Second Congressional District

With just 16 days to go until Election Day, former State Senator and IA-02 Congressional candidate Rita Hart continued her “Backyard Talks” Tour this past weekend, making stops in Osceola, Knoxville, Oskaloosa, and Sigourney.

Rita spoke with Iowans sharing her message of bringing people together to address the challenges facing working families and rural Iowa. Teachers, veterans, healthcare professionals, labor leaders, seniors, students, and farmers turned out to hear from Rita and share their concerns on issues like protecting coverage for pre-existing conditions and lowering the costs premiums and building an economy that works for everyone not just those at the top and their special interest allies. Rita spoke about the need to fight corruption in Washington and work across the aisle to deliver results for Iowans.

IA02 Candidate Rita Hart:

“We’re getting down to the wire in this election and it was great to meet with voters this weekend and listen to their concerns and what they expect from their representatives in Washington, D.C. They’re tired of the partisan politics and fighting. What I’m hearing is that Iowans want us to come together to tackle issues like COVID, healthcare, creating good jobs, and childcare. This pandemic isn’t over and our small business owners, farmers, and middle-class families are still struggling through no fault of their own. They need relief now. I’ll never stop working because I know every single Iowan needs the guarantee of a good-paying job, with good benefits, and the ability to raise their family and send their kids to school without fear of an unexpected medical bill or missing a mortgage payment. That’s my commitment to the working families of this state.”

In Osceola, Paula Reece: “Rita is honest and she truly has the best interest of Iowa at heart. I appreciate her being able to reach across the aisle to get things done. I know she is going to work hard to do what she needs to do to help rural and urban Iowans.”

In Knoxville, Dr. Ann Fields: “I’m supporting Rita because like so many of us, she has spent her entire life on the farm. She understands the hard work that Iowans put in every day to make our communities stronger for everyone and the challenges facing farmers and rural Iowans. We can trust that Rita will represent us well in Congress.”

In Oskaloosa, school counselor Cory and teacher Kate Trainer: “It is reassuring to see a past educator running for office especially as the current Secretary of Education continues to underfund our public schools which harms our students and their ability to succeed. We need someone with more education experience representing us in Congress.”

Read key coverage from the tour below.

KNIA/KRLS Radio: Rita Hart Visits Knoxville Saturday

“U.S. House of Representatives candidate Rita Hart was in Knoxville Saturday for a “Backyard Talk” as part of her campaign. She says that if elected, she will use her acquired listening skills to make sure every Iowan’s voice is heard on issues important to them.”

“I’m always listening for those voices that are not being heard. The voices that may have the most important thing that can really make a difference. I’m proud to have Democrats, Republicans, Independents, who are supporting this campaign. I think it’s important to listen to all of those voices so we can come up with solutions to the big problems we’re facing today.”

The Oskaloosa Herald: Rita Hart brings ‘Backyard Talks’ to Oskaloosa

Rita Hart addressed a small crowd during a recent campaign stop in Oskaloosa, but that didn’t stop voters from asking big questions. […]

Mahaska County Democratic Chair Eric Palmer first raised concerns about ethanol waivers granted to oil refineries under small refinery exemptions, which affects farmers, the rural Iowa economy and the state’s ethanol plants. Hart says the waivers “should not have been granted in the first place.” […]

“There are so many solutions out there, but we need a strategic plan to get us from here to there,” said Hart. “We need to take into account how to go from this kind of energy into the next kind of energy and not lose a bunch of jobs in the process … we need to utilize all that research out there that tells us where we’re going and how we can get there.”


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