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Govt. Kim Reynolds greets supporters Thursday morning during a campaign event at the headquarters of Decker Truck Line Inc. in Fort Dodge. She visited Fort Dodge as part of a tour announcing her candidacy for re-election.

Govt. Kim Reynolds stressed her record handling the COVID-19 pandemic and cutting taxes during a campaign stop in Fort Dodge Thursday.

”We’ve done a lot over the last several years,” she told about 50 people gathered in the headquarters of Decker Truck Line Inc. ”There is a lot left to do.”

She is seeking her second full term as governor, and is unopposed for the Republican nomination.

Reynolds said in recent history, Iowa has dealt with flooding, the global pandemic and two derechos.

”You name it, we faced it,” she said. ”Iowa came through each and every time. I knew you would.”

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Govt. Kim Reynolds speaks to Larry Wuebker, of Fort Dodge, Thursday morning during a campaign event at the headquarters of Decker Truck Line Inc.

Reynolds said her administration “took on the COVID mandates.”

”We were the first state to get our kids back in the classroom,” she said. “We banned mask mandates.”

”When DC said trust Fauci, we in Iowa said let’s trust our parents,” Reynolds,said referring to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.

Reynolds recently signed legislation that phases in a 3.9 percent income tax rate. She said Iowa has cut taxes three times in four years.

”It makes a difference when we are trying to retain and recruit people to our state,” she said.

Reynolds listed her other priorities as:

“protecting the unborn”

standing with law enforcement

“preserving girls sports for girls”

“empowering parents with choice and transparency”

The governor said Democratic policies amount to ”chaos, crisis and overreach.” She blamed Democratic President Joe Biden for the current high fuel prices, saying he caused them by canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project.

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