MASON CITY, Iowa - One of 9 candidates running for governor in Iowa made a stop in Mason City Monday afternoon.
Fred Hubbell, who is running as one of 6 Democrats for the position, spoke to constituents at LD's Filling Station, with those in attendance asking questions regarding issues important to them.
Mary Beth Greenan is a life-long Progressive Democratic Iowan. Going into this election season, she has many issues she believes in.
"There's the minimum wage issue, there's health care, there's mental health. Education is huge, my husband teaches, and the collective bargaining being stripped, public safety, my Dad was the Chief of Police in Mason City," Greenan says.
She's been to every candidate forum that has been held in Mason City this year, and came to today's session to ask questions and hear what Hubbell had to say. She believes that looking at both sides is key.
"To be a whole community, you need to be progressive, you need to look at both sides, need to be bi-partisan and how you look at things," Greenan adds.
Casey Castaner finds herself more in the middle of the political spectrum, but also noticed an increase in bi-partisanship within the current political climate.
"I hate the fact nowadays people are saying, 'Republicans are evil, Democrats are crazy,' and they refuse to talk to each other. And you can't solve anything if you're pointing fingers at everybody. You're like, 'well, we're gonna think this way, we're gonna stay thinking this way', but that other side could have a very good point and a good idea. And just because you're basically saying 'they're not one of us', they won't listen to them. They're ruining the country," Castaner says.
Castaner also asked Hubbell on his stance regarding expanding the state's medical marijuana laws, and is an issue that is very important to her.
"It is a big issue because we do have a drug issue in this country and a lot of it could be solved if we at least decriminalized it because there's a number of people who don't need to go to jail for it. It's minor. All they did is maybe smoke something, and that's not necessarily something to be thrown in jail for," Castaner adds.
Both Castaner and Greenan stress that whatever side you favor, it's important to get out and vote.
"My ancestors came over from Czechoslovakia, Ireland and Norway, and that's the one thing they always taught us as little kids. I don't care whatever it is you do, vote," Greenan adds.
"We consider a right, but it's not a right. It's a privilege. It can be taken away from you and it's something that you should make sure to go out and have your voice heard," Castaner adds.
According to a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa poll, among Democrats, Hubbell holds an 11% lead among his competitors, which includes State Senator Nate Boulton, nurse and union leader Cathy Glasson, physician Andy McGuire, former federal appointee John Norris, and former Iowa City mayor Ross Wilburn. Other candidates running for governor include incumbent Kim Reynolds, who is the only Republican running, and Libertarians Marco Battaglia and Jake Porter.