CLINTON — Local Democrats on Tuesday held a rally for Iowa governor candidate Nate Boulton.
Boulton, a first-term state senator hailing from Columbus Junction but now living in and serving Des Moines, announced his gubernatorial candidacy in his hometown in early May. Now, Boulton and campaign officials and volunteers are traveling the state to generate buzz around the candidate.
Though not in attendance Tuesday at Clinton County Democratic Headquarters, Boulton still received acclaim from area legislators such as Sen. Rita Hart, D-Wheatland, and Rep. Mary Wolfe, D-Clinton.
"Formally endorsing a candidate is not something that I've ever done before, but (with Boulton), I have really solid reasons to do so," Hart told audience members Tuesday. "I'm so impressed with Nate because of his intelligence, because of his drive, because of passion, and because of his ability to stand up hour after hour on that Senate floor and logically lay out a case."
Boulton gained notoriety in the Senate during the 2017 session for his staunch, outspoken opposition to several Republican initiatives, most notably the alterations to state collective bargaining practices.
Hart said Boulton "really led the charge" when it came to Democratic opposition to the bill.
"He never wavered in his understanding of just how important it was to stick up for the people who are out there working every day and deserve better," Hart said. "It was Nate, every time, who stood up and made a case, who determined all the amendments that we filed to try and carve out some help. He did just such a great job."
According to the official campaign website, Boulton has also served as an adjunct professor at Drake University Law School, Simpson College, and William Penn University. He is a also member of the American Federation of Teachers, Iowa Association for Justice and the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee.
Aside from that, Hart said Tuesday, Boulton is an overall good, honest candidate.
"He's just a good man," Hart said. "He's a good husband, and he believes in the values that we all share. He's not the kind of guy who toots his own horn... he's just the kind of person you want on your side working for you. We need somebody with this kind of passion, drive and determination."