By Thomas Geyer/Quad-City Times September 7, 2017
Andrea “Andy” McGuire, one of seven candidates running for Iowa governor on the Democratic ticket, brought her campaign to Davenport as she spoke Thursday before the Scott County Democrats Central Committee Meeting.
McGuire, 60, is a physician and former Iowa Democratic Party chairwoman. She said there is much to be fixed in the state from health care to mental health, to education to wages and collective bargaining.
Speaking before about 60 people at the United Food and Commercial Works Local 431 hall, McGuire said that as one of six children growing up in Waterloo her parents taught her and her siblings to care about the people in the community.
“That’s why I became a doctor,” McGuire said.
As a physician, McGuire said that health care is a right, not a privilege and said that problems with Medicaid have left 600,000 of Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens without access to health care. She told a story of a mother she had met who had to drive 90 minutes to get health care for her disabled child.
As governor, McGuire said she would make sure that “no mother will have to worry about access to health care for her child.”
In terms of mental health, she said that Iowa is 50th in mental health beds and 47th in mental health providers.
“We’ve turned our policemen into our first line of mental health providers,” she said. “But they have to put people in jails or in emergency rooms, two of the most expensive and worst places for somebody in crisis.
McGuire said that as governor she would make sure there would be mental health resources in “every community so that we can take care of our fellow Iowans that are struggling.”
She added that on her first day in office she would restore funding to Planned Parenthood.
She said she will work with parents, teachers and students to ensure that “every child in every ZIP code gets the education they deserve.”
“We have to do that for the future of Iowa.”
McGuire also said she supports a $15 minimum wage and restoring collective bargaining rights to public employees.
Other candidates vying for governor on the Democratic ticket are Sen. Nate Boulton, D-Des Moines; John Norris, a former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Agriculture; Fred Hubbell, a former president of Equitable of Iowa, a life insurance company, and ex-chairman of Younkers, the retail firm; Ross Wilburn, a former mayor of Iowa City; Jon Neiderbach, a former Des Moines School Board chair; and Cathy Glasson, president of the Service Employees International Union Local 199.
Running on the Republican gubernatorial ticket is Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett. Gov. Kim Reynolds also is expected to announce her candidacy. Reynolds succeeded longtime Gov. Terry Branstad when he became U.S. Ambassador to China.