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Grassroots sends Nussle a message

Released: 6/23/05

SIOUX CITY, IA - Republicans converged on Hamilton County today, kicking off the primary season with a statewide straw poll between gubernatorial candidates. Bob Vander Plaats received a convincing 90.6% of the vote, scoring the first victory of the primary.

Commenting on his win, Vander Plaats stated, “We are pleased, of course, but this is a marathon, not a sprint. I will continue meeting with people across Iowa, listening to their concerns and sharing a bold vision for the future of our state. I believe that people are ready for a leader that is accessible and authentically interested.”

Vander Plaats has made it clear that he is focused on issues, not politics. “Iowa is brimming with potential. A growing economy will be realized with the right leadership.”

Steve Sukup, state chair of the Vander Plaats Campaign, also attended, saying, “The result of today’s vote proves that people are looking for something new in a governor. They seem to be tired of politicians and like what they see in Vander Plaats; his passion and real world experience. He’s someone we can relate to.”

The organizer of the event, Roger Hughes, was pleased with attendance. “The purpose was to give voters the opportunity to talk with the candidates face to face and hear each one give a speech. Bob’s participation shows that he values the grassroots.”

Leon Mosley, co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa, also stressed the importance of the grassroots to Iowa elections in Iowa, saying, “In order to make Iowa a republican state again, we must work with the grassroots.”

Bob is currently president of MVP Leadership; specializes in strategic vision and executive leadership for Business and Industry, Economic Development, Education, Health Care, Human Services, and Private Foundations. He and his wife, Darla, reside in Sioux City with their four children.

For more information on the Vander Plaat's for Governor Campaign visit www.vpforgov.com