Can you tell us a little bit about your race? House District 10 encompasses all of Calhoun, Humboldt, and Pocahontas counties, as well as western Webster County. As you might imagine, we’re a very rural area. I am from Rockwell City, as is my opponent, Mike Sexton.
What sets you apart from your opponent? I am running to stand up for my friends, family, and neighbors, not to personally and politically profit off making their lives harder.
Past or present, what political figure or figures do you look up to? I grew up listening to Grandpa Thompson talk about The Depression. At one point the locusts supposedly swarmed so thick that they chewed the paint right off the house. The family had to eat the field corn just to survive, leaving them with nothing to sell. The situation was dark, but Franklin Delano Roosevelt came in with the New Deal and helped lead America through those hard times. Generations later, the Thompson family still has not forgotten that.
What inspired you to run for office? Rural Iowa faces many threats. Our countryside is emptying as our population ages and sickens, while the unchecked expansion of large hog confinement operations drives families away. But perhaps what hit our family dinner table the hardest was the gutting of collective bargaining.
My father is a corrections officer, and public workers of all varieties make up a large part of our employment base in this District. This is especially true in Rockwell City because it has the correctional facility. Dad getting that good job was huge for our family, and he and mom are still raising my two elementary-aged brothers. The legislature’s attack on collective bargaining and the protections it offers has put our family in financial danger and my father in physical danger.
Mike Sexton knew exactly who was going to be hurting when he voted to backstab the unions: he sees those people at the gas station. He voted against his friends and neighbors because he was told to, and he did it for his own political gain. He is completely directed by the big money controlling him, and if he won’t stand up for his hometown, he won’t do it for anyone.
Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself that we wouldn’t find on your website? I tied for second at the Iowa State Fair hot dog eating contest last year, losing to the #12 ranked eater in the world and tying with the #24 ranked eater. It is a pretty funny video to watch—they did a little interview with me for local color, then placed me at the far end of the table thinking that I didn’t have a chance—but I defeated a couple of people that were supposedly ranked in the top 50. The announcer started to get really excited by the end. I unfortunately had to decline an upcoming contest due to a conflict, but I hope to be at the Fair again this year.
Lastly, what’s your opinion of Steve King? I’ve never met him in person and he never has any legislation move forward, so like the rest of the world I only hear about him when he says something hateful. Everyone can see how divided our people are right now, and we need someone to bring us together, not drive us further apart.
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