Pella — Sully businessman and current Clive resident Jon Michael Van Wyk addressed the Marion County Republican Central Committee Thursday night to discuss why he should be the party's nominee to represent Iowa House District 28 instead of current Representative, Greg Heartsill.
Van Wyk told the crowd in Pella that he believes he and Heartsill have a similar philosophy, but their approaches to getting things done differ. In a follow-up conversation with the Journal-Express on Friday, Van Wyk specified that his approach would differ from Heartsill's, in that he would work with Democrats more. He is also willing to accept that not every desire of the Republican Party can practically be achieved. Van Wyk would focus on legislation that Democrats would accept and would not be overturned by the Supreme Court, as he alleges the legislation Heartsill has worked on would not succeed.
As of the time of this post, Heartsill has sponsored 81 pieces of legislation this session. Several pieces of legislation, upon reading the summary, match the stated ideals of Van Wyk on Van Wyk's campaign material, including Christianity, supporting right to life, gun rights, smaller government at tax code reform.
Immediately following Van Wyk's comments to the committee, Rep. Guy VanderLinden, who represents Pella and Oskaloosa, was given an opportunity to address them. VanderLinden spoke highly of Heartsill, calling him a team player.
"He's not unreasonable," VanderLinden said of Heartsill. He added that Heartsill is a gentleman, who is among the most well-respected and knowledgable members of the Iowa House of Representatives.
"I hope (Heartsill is) returned to the Legislature," VanderLinden said.
Heartsill was later given the opportunity to address the committee. He spent much of the time sharing what the House has been working on in the Legislature. Heartsill closed by asking Republicans for their support in the June primary and said that he believes having competition will make everyone better.