Local and State officials talk upcoming elections at GOP Chili Supper

Grayson Schmidt, Ames Tribune
Congressman Steve King speaks at the Story County GOP Wendy Jensen Memorial Chili Supper in Nevada on Tuesday Oct. 18.

Roughly 50 local Republicans gathered for the annual Wendy Jensen Memorial Chili Supper in Nevada Tuesday night, to talk about the upcoming elections at the local, state and national level.

Those in attendance heard Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, state Sen. Bill Dix, Congressman Steve King and local Story County Republican candidates all speak about the significance of theses final three weeks before the election, and the importance of civility in politics.

“We can bring this state around for Donald Trump, and we can do so with a happy smile on our face, and then look forward to this country heading in the direction we want it to be,” said King, who earlier in the day toured Kreg Tools in Huxley.

Story County Board of Supervisors candidates Scott Schaben and Marty Chitty spoke about how their experiences with those of differing views will help them on the board.

“We can get along in politics,” Schaben said. “We can put our differences aside on Nov. 9, and become friends, but until that time we have to push hard and march on to victory.”

Story County Board of Supervisors Chair Rick Sanders spoke about the need for respecting people with differing views, in a time that appears people are completely divided.

“There’s the old political adage, that if you’re right on the ideas, talk about the idea. If you’re not right on the ideas, but right about the emotion, talk about the emotion. And if you’re not right on either, question the other person’s character, and tell them they’re evil for thinking what they’re thinking,” Sanders said. “What’s sad about where we are today is that we’ve devolved into that third (option) so much of the time.”

Aside from talking about civility, much of the night was talking about the final push to encourage voters to get to the polls, and especially make sure that Republicans side with their party.

State Rep. Dave Deyoe of Nevada talked about the first election he voted in, and how he has responded to younger voters who are disappointed in their choices. Deyoe said he ended up voting for Ronald Reagan over Jimmy Carter in 1980. At the time, Deyoe said the press was out to get Reagan, and said that he did not have the experience, which he said parallels the current presidential election.

“(Donald) Trump is sort of high-risk/high-reward. He may end up being a great president; we don’t know,” Deyoe said. “I think if we vote for (Hillary) Clinton we know what we’re getting. We need to make sure we get people out there to vote, because if we don’t, it’s going to hurt all of us.”