Branstad, Republican Party candidates rally at AGR

Gov. Terry Branstad speaks at at an early voting rally at Alpha Gamma Rho on Oct. 11. The Branstad-Reynolds team and other Iowa Republican candidates spoke at the event.

Makayla Tendall

Gov. Terry Branstad and other Republican party candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm election gathered at Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity Oct. 13 to rally voters.

Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Rep. Steve King gathered in the basement of the fraternity to talk about why they consider themselves as the future of Iowa. Adam Gregg, candidate for attorney general, Paul Pate, candidate for secretary of state, and Jeremy Davis, candidate for Iowa Senate in the 23 district, were also in attendance.

Jon Laudner, senior in management information systems and president of ISU College Republicans, said the event provides great background on candidates for voters who want to take part in early voting.

“I had one lady email me here two days ago and say she was brand new to politics and just wanted to get involved,” Laudner said. “She’s never voted before, and she wanted to come to something like this and see all the candidates. That’s why I’m kind of excited about tonight. It’s your one-stop shop.”

Nolan Zumbach, junior in agricultural studies and president of Alpha Gamma Rho, helped organize the event. Zumbach had an internship with Branstad’s campaign last summer and said he knew Branstad wanted to make an appearance on campus so he thought the fraternity would be a good place to host the event.

“Everyone’s been pretty supportive as far as helping out. I don’t know if everyone in the house is necessarily going to vote for Branstad, but when it comes to getting stuff done, everyone in the house is usually willing to help,” Zumbach said of his fraternity brothers.

Nearly 100 Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity members and Republican supporters attended the event to hear the candidates speak on why they are qualified for the positions to represent Iowa. Branstad, who is already an honorary member of Alpha Gamma Rho, said his track record of creating jobs in Iowa, balancing the budget and advocating for the agricultural industry speaks for itself.

“Iowa’s an agricultural state. I’m really proud to say you have record enrollment at Iowa State, and I’m really proud to say you have record enrollment in agriculture,” Branstad said.

Branstad and King also reiterated their intentions to expand agriculture and ethanol production.