By Gena Johnson, Boone News-Republican
November 2, 2017
Democrat and Doctor Andy McGuire, who is running for Governor, stopped in to the Boone County Democratic Central Committee meeting Oct. 30 to speak with local democrats. She traveled from Des Moines where she and her husband Dan reside. Several of their seven children also reside there. She was born and raised in Waterloo and grew up in a family of eight.
“What I remember most, I think, was them (her parents) teaching us (siblings) about caring about each other,” McGuire said. “Caring if a neighbor was sick we helped them out, if someone in the community got down – we got together and got them on their feet.
“That’s why I became a doctor, because I can see the power of caring about another person.”
She said she is not hearing about caring as much and the Branstad/Reynolds administration is putting profits before people.
Healthcare, mental health, education, collective bargaining rights and minimum wage were the main issues she addressed.
“I want to tell you healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” McGuire said, adding privatization of healthcare is an issue. “As your governor, I will make sure… that all of us have access to affordable and accessible healthcare.”
She said Iowa ranks 50 when it comes to mental health benefits.
“We’re going in the wrong direction,” McGuire said. “We are 47th in mental health providers and honestly turned our Sheriffs and law enforcement into our first-line mental health providers. God bless them, they are trying to keep people safe, but they take people to jail or the emergency room – two of the most expensive and worst places for somebody in crisis.
“If we took that money and put it into counseling before people got to crisis and we had the resources for people, think of what we could do for fellow citizens.”
She would like to see funding restored to Planned Parenthood.
For seven years, she said, Branstad and Reynolds have been underfunding education.
“Teachers deserve our respect and they deserve the resources they need to teach our kids,” McGuire said, adding a science teacher is the one who encouraged her to be a female doctor. “As governor, I will make sure every child in every zip code has quality public education – it will be a priority of our administration.
She believes Iowans deserve a raise and that collective bargaining rights should be restored.
“I would like to support $15 an hour so we can give our hardworking Iowans a raise,” McGuire said.
McGuire said she is running because she would like her children and grandchildren to be successful and stay in Iowa.
“They don’t have a problem finding a job because we have great jobs with great benefits everywhere in Iowa, remember it’s all Iowans that are going to be successful… we’ll have an Iowa we can be proud of.”