For Immediate Release                                                Contact: Roger Ouellette

November 4, 2017                              203-841-6711

Glasson tells Kim Reynolds Iowans are ready for progressive change

We are unrelenting in our desire to get corporate control out of the Governor’s office.”

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cathy Glasson delivered a rousing speech at the Bread and Roses Ball sponsored by the Wapello County Democrats Saturday night in Ottumwa. Speaking to a large audience at the Hotel Ottumwa, Glasson criticized Governor Kim Reynold’s recent comments calling progressives in the state “unhinged.”

“Behind closed doors with her corporate backers at a fundraiser this week, Kim Reynolds told her funders that liberals all over Iowa are “unhinged” Glasson said. “Well, Governor I have a message for you — Progressives across Iowa aren’t unhinged. We’re fired up and we’re unrelenting! Unrelenting in our desire to get corporate control out of the Governor’s office and finally give working Iowans a seat at the table and a voice in our state government again.”

Glasson recounted that her many years as an intensive care nurse strengthened her beliefs that health care for every Iowan is a basic human right. “Getting good health care isn’t a privilege. It’s not a luxury. As an ICU nurse, I’ve seen this up close.  I believe this is in my heart –health care is a fundamental human right. Everybody needs to be in. Nobody left out.” Glasson said. “If the politicians in Washington don’t get it done, we’ll do it ourselves—we’ll work to create a universal, single-payer health care system right here. Iowa will lead the way.”

Glasson also focused on her plan to give more that 330,000 Iowans a raise to $15 an hour. “We will fight to get there fast because folks who are struggling to pay their rent and put gas in the car can’t afford to keep waiting,” she stated. “On my first day in office, I’ll call on the Iowa General Assembly to pass a law raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour as its first order of business.” Glasson said the raise would kick in over three years and be indexed to inflation moving forward.

Cathy Glasson, 59, is the President of SEIU Local 199 representing thousands of nurses, health care workers and school support employees across Iowa. She is a registered nurse who worked in the intensive care unit at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics where she led the effort to unionize her fellow nurses 18 years ago. She lives in Coralville, Iowa with her husband Matt, a labor educator.