Primaries – Matt Schultz

Paige Godden

Why he is running: He is concerned about the future of Iowa’s children, and decided to run because he wants to make a difference for Iowa and Iowa’s future.

Jobs: Schultz has three issues listed under his “pro jobs” platform.

The first is to be an advocate for Iowa jobs and businesses. Schultz said he is the candidate who will be willing to fight for business-friendly laws.

Shultz’s second goal is to streamline corporate filings. This would allow corporations to submit all of their documentation electronically.

The third goal is to make the E-Verify system more accessible. By incorporating the E-Verify system into the secretary of state’s website, Iowa businesses would be able to “verify and ensure their workforce is legal.”

“I have heard many times that ‘illegals only do the jobs that Americans won’t.’ This is not true. Unemployment is at a 20-year high all over the country, including Iowa. Jobs held by illegal immigrants are jobs that Iowans want and need,” according to Schultz’s website.

Voter Fraud: Schultz has three more goals under a “voter fraud” platform.

The first is to require photo identification at voting booths.

“You’re required to show ID when you get on an airplane, to open a checking account and to buy a beer, so why don’t we have to when we vote?” Schultz said.

Schultz’s second goal is to reform same-day voter registration.

Schultz said people should be allowed to register on voting day, but their votes would be kept in provisional envelopes and checked to make certain they are legal.

Schultz’s third goal is to put a crime stoppers hotline for voter fraud in the secretary of state’s office.

Schultz said this would allow citizens to report any suspicious activity or voter fraud they see happening.

Background: Schultz said he has raised more money than all of his opponents combined and announced that former Secretary of State Paul Pate is endorsing his campaign.

Schultz said his work on the Council Bluffs City Council has prepared him to take this office. He has worked for the City Council since 2005.  He is also an attorney at the law firm of Schultz and Watson, LLP.

“If you look at my website I’m the only one who is wanting to make elections fair and honest.”