CAMANCHE — Jay Saxon, a Democrat from Camanche, has announced his candidacy for Iowa House District 97.
The 97th District includes the northernmost portion of Scott County from LeClaire at the river to just north of Donahue in the west, along with all of western Clinton County, including the cities of DeWitt and Camanche and Eden and Camanche Townships.
Saxon was born in Clinton and attended Clinton schools. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps for four years before attending Clinton Community College. He has been employed at Alcoa in Riverdale since 1997, for the past 10 years as an Ultrasonic Inspector.
Saxon and his wife, Lisa, reside in Camanche and are the parents of two grown children. His daughter Ashly, also of Camanche, works with Lisa in the family business, Trademarks Hair Co. in Clinton, and his son, Carl, is a 2013 graduate of the University of Iowa and is set to begin a new position in safety training with Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART).
Having run a locally owned small business for 19 years, Saxon is most concerned with ensuring
a competitive climate and promoting growth for Iowa’s small businesses and family farms. Saxon is concerned that the current governor places a priority on giving tax incentives to multinational corporations rather than locally owned small businesses. Saxon sees these policies as resulting in net losses for the state’s economy.
Saxon will fight for fair tax policies that fund the state’s long overdue infrastructure needs, which will in turn encourage investment and job growth in our state. He also favors closer partnerships between the state and higher education to develop new products and revenue streams while preparing the next generation of Iowans to compete for 21st Century jobs. This includes teaching them to become business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as better preparing them for high-wage jobs that will encourage more of our young adults to remain in the state.
These and other initiatives are part of what he terms “investing tax dollars intelligently instead of ideologically.”