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April 11, 2014

Hoefling's gubernatorial campaign focused on grassroots

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This proposal is supported by Iowans who identify themselves as Republicans and Democrats. 

Today's sophisticated communication tools will also allow Hoefling to contend for the Governor's Office without financial support comparable to Branstad's. Hoefling believes that voters should stop playing "political bookie" and look at each candidate's track record and principles. 

"We believe in what we're doing," Hoefling said. "Those who know me know my record." 

Lohrville is in Calhoun County, in northwest Iowa, between Carroll and Fort Dodge. Hoefling said it is approximately 130 miles northwest of Marion County. From that part of the state, Hoefling has worked on a number of political campaigns and established a reputation among Iowa conservatives. 

Branstad was once called "too conservative" during his first campaign 32 years ago. Hoefling expressed disappointment with Branstad's proposed budget, which neared $7 billion, for the coming year. This is five years after Republicans were screaming about the state's first $6 billion budget, under Democrat Chet Culver. 

As he's traveled around the state, Hoefling has "seen more empty storefronts than (he) can count." He is also concerned about the consolidation of school districts, which has left lasting harmful impacts on rural areas. Fixing Iowa's problems cannot be done with "gimmicks," according to Hoefling, but getting back to the basics and working from there.

"We've got to get to the fundamentals," Hoefling said. 

Regarding public policy and the law, Hoefling is proponent of equal protection under the law. Everyone should be treated the same. He does not believe in "hate crime" legislation, because when one begins to enact laws based on thoughts, it could lead to more problems. 

"Crimes are crimes," Hoefling said. "The whole hate crimes approach is just ridiculous." 

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