The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Politics

November 3, 2006

Iowa Senate District 13

Roger T. Stewart

Party: Democrat

Age: 74

Residence: 936 317th Ave., Preston

Occupation: Semi-retired banker and long-time farmer

Political experience: First term in Iowa Senate.

Education: Graduated from Maquoketa High School and attended Cornell College for two years; graduate of the Wisconsin School of banking.

Family: Wife, Jennie; three children and seven grandchildren.

Web site: www.rogerstewart.org

What are the three most important issues in this race?

In the state Senate, I have focused on three important issues that are designed to ensure a safe, secure future for the families of Clinton, Jackson and Dubuque counties.

1. Ensuring that our children have the best possible education.

2. Lowering energy costs for Iowa families, farmers and small businesses.

3. Protecting Iowa children from drugs and sex offenders.



What is your approach to these issues?

I support increasing teacher salaries while putting more accountability in place, such as requiring teachers to be certified in the subjects they teach.

I support building on the passage of the most comprehensive renewable energy bill in the country during the 2006 session of the Iowa Legislature, which will create more good-paying jobs, create new markets for family farmers, and reduce our reliance on foreign oil.

I helped pass the toughest anti-meth law in the country, resulting in a 75 percent reduction in meth labs. I voted for a law that increased penalties on sex offenders and I have proposed a “Safety First” initiative that is designed to better protect Iowa children from Internet predators.



How do you differ from your opponent?

I have four years experience working in a bipartisan manner in the Iowa Senate and getting results for my constituents. I have many years of experience working in economic development, job training and job growth.

I have an extensive business background at Maquoketa State Bank, listening to and helping thousands of customers.

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