In John Archer’s quest for a congressional seat, no potential supporter is too small.
“Hello,” he said, offering a firm handshake. “I’m John Archer, and I’d really appreciate your support.”
Unfortunately, Reagan, the 5-year-old grandson of Garry and Sandra Land and the recipient of Archer’s handshake, won’t be casting a ballot come the June 5 primary.
But Archer believes his experience in both the public and private sectors is just what Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District needs, and could appeal to voters in the area.
Archer met with several of those potential voters Tuesday in the waiting area of Land Eye and Laser Clinic, owned and operated by Garry, an ophthalmologist. Archer will face businessman Dan Dolan in a primary election this summer to determine which Republican is best suited to try to unseat incumbent Democrat Dave Loebsack.
Winning the election is crucial, Archer said, to ensure that his two young children grow up in a country that provides opportunities for success. Those opportunities are in danger, he said, as jobs become increasingly scarce.
Unemployment is above 8 percent in parts of the 2nd Congressional District, according to Archer. This, he believes, needs to be addressed immediately.
“That’s unacceptable to me,” he said. “We need to have a more conducive, more favorable business environment.”
Lower taxes could help foster a more hospitable business environment, as could reduced regulations, he said.
Over the course of Archer’s campaign, he said he’s met with several business owners who believe that increased regulations from the federal government threaten to make it prohibitive to operate.
Conversations with Garry, Archer said, demonstrated how burdensome regulations can have an impact at a local level.
“The regulations that are being imposed upon him might lead him to retire earlier than planned,” he said.
Archer recently took a leave of absence from his longtime position as a business attorney for John Deere to focus on his campaign. He also is a co-owner of a Bettendorf business, and serves on the Pleasant Valley School District Board of Education. Archer believes his years working for a global corporation, his small business acumen and experience in the public sector make him an ideal candidate for the United States Congress.
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