In the span of four days two political candidates vying for the same United States Senate seat visited Appanoose County.
David Young, Republican, on Tuesday and Bruce Braley, Democrat, on Friday both made the trip to Centerville to make the case why they would be the best candidate to fill the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tom Harkin.
Harkin announced he was not going to seek another term in the Senate, where he will have served since 1984.
Young, 45, toured Lee Container Tuesday. Braley, 55, held a “Meet and Greet” Friday at the Drake Public Library where approximately 25 attended.
Young and the Daily Iowegian connected on Thursday afternoon for a telephone interview while he was on his way to campaign in Osceola in Clarke County.
Young said Appanoose County was the 85th county he had visited on his way to go to all 99 Iowa counties.
Some people might know Young. He was Sen. Chuck Grassley’s chief of staff for seven years.
And Young is looking at those seven years to make the case he has seen Washington up close and knows what ails our government and knows what it’s going to take to fix it.
“I’ve seen the beast of Washington up close,” Young said. “I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t work. And what doesn’t work is what we’re doing right now.”
Young’s campaign released what he calls his “Better Budget Principles” as a blue print to begin to fix our federal government.
• Zero Based Budgeting — “force government agencies to appear before Congress and justify the funds they are requesting” and tell the public what programs they plan to fund.
“I think taxpayers need to know where their money is going,” Young said. “So we can kind of ferret out and vet out what they want to spend their money on.”