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Get to know candidates, then vote!

By Mary Tarnoff | May 10, 2018

To the editor:

This year’s Democratic primary is Tuesday, June 5. We have two outstanding Democratic candidates, Ed Malloy and Mary Stewart, competing to oppose a Republican to fill the State Senate District 41 seat being vacated by Mark Chelgren.

Ed and Mary are both strong candidates: both support raising the minimum wage, revitalizing Iowa’s rural economy, creating a strong health care system that serves all Iowans, restoring funding to Iowa’s public schools and making them leaders again in academic achievement, and cleaning up Iowa’s polluted waterways.

Both are highly competent and have demonstrated leadership and success in their chosen fields. Both candidates are so impressive that they are drawing support not only from Democrats, but from independents and Republicans as well.

How will you choose? Meet both candidates at upcoming public events. Attend, ask questions and let them know what is important to you. Ed Malloy will be hosting “Coffee and Conversation” this Saturday, May 12, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Revelations Cafe in Fairfield. The following Saturday, May 19, 1:30-2:30 p.m. you can meet and get to know Mary Stewart at the Fairfield Public Library.

Both candidates are exceptional, but with unique backgrounds and talents.

Mary, a native of Southeast Iowa, grew up in poverty. She was raised by a single mom and climbed to success through hard work, intelligence, public education and determination. From her year-long campaign spent meeting people one-on-one and hearing their stories and issues she has gained a deep understanding of the needs of the people in this district.

Mary approaches problems with a consideration of the impact of policy on human needs and works for solutions tailored to fit those needs.

She has developed relationships with many community organizations from soup kitchens to unions to businesses. In conjunction with her 33-year career as dean of academic services at Indian Hills Community College, Mary has served on numerous statewide, regional and community committees to support economic growth and job development in Southeast Iowa.

Ed was raised in New York, the grandson of Irish and Italian immigrants. He is the oldest son of eight children, his parents a policeman and public school teacher. Ed has lived in Fairfield for 25 years, serving as a highly regarded mayor for 17 years.

He envisions revitalizing our farms and rural communities for a 21st century high-tech economy and favors collaborative programs between government and businesses. As mayor, Ed has worked effectively with social, governmental and economic organizations throughout Jefferson County to revitalize and strengthen Fairfield’s economy and make it a “go to” destination in the state.

Ed’s success is rooted in his ability to bring together diverse players with different opinions and facilitate their working together to accomplish projects, big and small.

Don’t sit on the sidelines! Be an active participant in our democracy. Meet both candidates, make an informed choice and vote! Early voting at the courthouse has already begun.


– Mary Tarnoff, Fairfield

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