Republican Libby Jacobs is retiring from the Iowa House this year, and Dr. Alan Koslow is the Democratic candidate to replace her in House district 60, which encompasses most of West Des Moines. The Republican candidate for that seat is Peter Cownie.
I ran into Dr. Koslow at an event on Sunday, and he gave me the postcard-sized case for his candidacy that he has been handing out at farmers’ markets and other public events. Both sides have small photos of Koslow, along with the following text (the words in bold are in purple ink on the cards). The front side of the card reads:
IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
NO–BUT THERE SHOULD BE!
Democrat for State Representative
HEALTH CARE is the most urgent issue facing Iowans. Who is more qualified to help craft that policy?
[empty box] a mouthpiece for special interests
[checked box] a board-certified vascular surgeon who understands this crucial issue inside and out
DR. ALAN KOSLOW has outlined detailed plans that will:
-cover all Iowans with affordable comprehensive health insurance at no cost to taxpayers
-work toward a dignified lifestyle and retirement for every Iowan
-set the pace for sustainable growth
The back side of the postcard reads:
DR. ALAN KOSLOW is
a progressive realist
who believes in
politics by partnership,
In addition to being a board-certified vascular surgeon, DR. ALAN KOSLOW has worked hard for Iowans:
-Proposed the initial draft of the Healthy Kids legislation
-Conceived of the Farm to School legislation
-Served on Governor’s Task Force for Early Childhood Care
Working together, we can make Iowa healthy, green, and clean.
VOTE NOVEMBER 4
DR. ALAN KOSLOW
FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE
I encourage you to check out Koslow’s website and support his campaign with a donation or some volunteer time if you are able to do so. Many suburban precincts that used to be solid Republican are trending more Democratic with each election cycle. Also, I suspect that Barack Obama will have significant coattails in West Des Moines, where he convincingly won most of the precincts in the Iowa caucuses.
UPDATE: The Des Moines Register discussed the race for House district 60 here. The district leans Republican, and Democrats have not fielded a candidate against Libby Jacobs since 1994.
Excerpt from the Register’s sidebar on Alan Koslow:
CAMPAIGN CONTACT INFO: 2716 Jordan Grove, West Des Moines, IA 50265; (515) 267-1821; www.koslowforiowas health.com, koslow@koslow foriowashealth.com
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Served on more than 30 local boards and committees, including for the Blank Park Zoo, Civic Music Association, Art Center of Greater Des Moines and Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Participated in medical rescue missions to El Salvador and Israel. Served as president or chairman of Central Iowa chapter of the American Diabetes Association, 2006-2008, and the Iowa Chapter of the March of Dimes, 1999-2002.
CANDIDATE PRIORITIES: Health insurance for Iowa’s uninsured; clean up Iowa’s groundwater by eliminating hog-lot pollution; dignity for seniors, including eliminating elder abuse in assisted-care facilities and making it financially easier for seniors to live in Iowa with respect; creating an atmosphere to keep our young people in Iowa.
Q: The District 60 seat hasn’t been contested often in the last few decades. Why do you think there are so many candidates this time?
A: Like millions of other Americans, Iowans are hungry for a change in a politics. This is why so many people turned out for the caucuses last winter. We demand real solutions to real challenges. We demand an end to government by “gotcha.” We demand public servants who put aside party differences and dogma to work for a common good. We demand an end to the divisive wedge issues that sap our will to address real challenges that demand clear-cut, workable solutions.
Q: What unique perspective would you bring to the Legislature?
A: As I mentioned, my campaign slogan is, “Is there a doctor in the House?” There is not. Besides health care for the uninsured, the General Assembly will be debating many bills in the next session that will impact Iowans’ health. While there are many well-qualified Iowa House members to debate some of these issues, only a physician can provide the unique firsthand combined knowledge of treatment, preventive care, prescription drugs, the insurance system and many other factors.
Q: What are the biggest issues that Iowans face right now?
A: Health insurance for Iowa’s uninsured; clean up Iowa’s groundwater by eliminating hog-lot pollution; dignity for seniors, including eliminating elder abuse in assisted-care facilities and making it financially easier for seniors to live in Iowa with respect; creating an atmosphere to keep our young people in Iowa.