Bacon wins re-election
Rob Bacon has been re-elected to his seat in District 48 of the Iowa House of Representatives.
With 9,784 votes, Bacon defeated newcomer Sherrie Taha, who received 5,364 votes. Results from the Iowa Secretary of State’s office are unofficial until after the canvass of the election. Bacon, the Republican candidate in the race, received 65 percent of the vote, and Taha, the Democrat, received 35 percent.
Bacon was at a Republican party at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines when he heard the results of the race. Also present at that party were Sen. Charles Grassley, Gov. Terry Branstad, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Dave Young and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds.
“I just put on a red Make America Great Again hat,” Bacon said. “Lots of people here are wearing them tonight.”
There was a feeling of victory in the air, he said.
“It’s just a great night. There’s not one frown — everyone is smiling down here,” Bacon said.
Attempts to reach Taha late Tuesday night were unsuccessful.
Bacon has served one term in the Iowa House, and prior to that served a term in the Iowa Senate. The state’s budget is one of his main concerns.
“We’ve got a full platter in front of us,” Bacon said of the coming term. “First of all, the budget is about $50 million shy of last year’s budget. We have two major concerns: education and Medicaid.”
Public safety and water quality are two other main concerns for the state, he said.
“We need a quality program for quality water,” he said. “It’s one of the policy issues that’s gotta be one of our number one issues. I was at another party tonight, and we were talking about nitrate reduction. We have some huge issues right in front of us.”
Having a sound budget is the foundation for being able to accomplish those tasks, Bacon said.
“People tell me I talk about money issues all the time, but that’s important because we need to adequately fund the projects and the programs we’re starting,” Bacon said. “We don’t want to start a program and then have to shut it down because of funding.”
Bacon pointed out that, in the past six years, Iowa has “invested 750 million new dollars into K-12 education.”
He said it may be time to give more local control over education dollars to school districts. “When you can buy a bus with a funding stream but you can’t buy tires for the school bus, that kind of thing doesn’t make sense,” he said. “That’s why you have a school board — to make those kind of budget decisions.”
Bacon is currently serving as the vice-chairman of the Human Resources Committee, and also serves of the following committees: Appropriations, Natural Resources, State Government, and Health and Human Services Budget.
District 48 covers a small portion of northwest Story County, including Gilbert. The district boundary also juts out at its southernmost point to include Slater. District 48 also includes all of Hamilton County, southeast Webster County and eastern Boone County.