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MASON CITY, Iowa - Gubernatorial Governor candidate Ron Corbett stopped by the KIMT studios Monday afternoon to discuss his plan if elected governor later this year.
Corbett is currently in his second term as mayor of Cedar Rapids, and will be running on the Republican ticket to challenge incumbent Kim Reynolds. He discussed refining the budget, tax code, mental health system, jobs and water quality, among others, including education, which he says needs to be changed because the state's current increase in funding is not keeping up with the rate of inflation.
"Education's always been our calling card in our state. We don't have the mountains or oceans like some communities do, but we've always spoke of a great public education system. And I'm afraid we're getting in a little bit of a rut. Two years in a row now of 1% growth for schools," Corbett says.
Just last week, a Republican strategist challenged Corbett's ticket, claiming he used duplicate signatures on his petition and not meeting the required amount. But Corbett says he's in compliance with state laws.
"We submitted more than the required number and we're certified by the Secretary of State. But there's a window when you can challenge those petitions," Corbett says.
Secretary of State Paul Pate will hold a hearing regarding the issue and will announce a decision on Tuesday.