CLINTON –Andrew Naeve, a sixth generation family farmer from Clinton, filed his nomination papers and statement of candidacy with the Iowa Secretary of State to run for the Iowa Senate. Naeve is running for Senate District 13, which includes all of Jackson County, the northern portion of Clinton County including the City of Clinton and the southeast tip of Dubuque County.
A lifelong Iowan raised on a family farm, Naeve, 25, graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, with a degree in Farm Business Management and Finance. Upon graduation, Naeve returned to Iowa to join his father and grandfather on the family’s corn, soybean and cattle farm in Clinton County. In 2008, Naeve was elected to serve on the East Central Community School District Board of Education. A high school and college basketball standout, Naeve also serves as the head boys basketball coach at East Central High School.
As a recent college graduate who returned home to Iowa to pursue his career, Naeve is running for the Iowa Senate because he wants to see his generation and future generations be afforded the chance to stay in Iowa or come to Iowa to obtain a good job and raise their families in safe communities and good schools.
“I came back home to Iowa because I believe in Iowa and the opportunities and values that thrive here,” said Naeve. “I am running because I want to focus on finding new ways to create private sector jobs so we can grow our state again. I want my generation and future generations of Iowans to be able to pursue their dreams in Iowa, find a rewarding career and raise their family,” he continued.
Besides focusing on job creation and educational excellence, Naeve says he wants to get Iowa’s budget back in line with revenues after three years of overspending and fiscal mismanagement created record deficits that have lead to increased property taxes. As a family farmer, Naeve understands the burdens placed on small businesses by excessive government and says his optimistic message of job creation, property tax relief, responsible budgeting and education excellence is what is needed to move Iowa forward.
“Like most Iowans, I am upset with the unsustainable levels of spending that has lead to record deficits, the continued increases in taxes and the budgets that are produced in Des Moines that do not reflect the true priorities and values of Iowans. As a local education leader and school board member, I have seen first hand how the decisions in Des Moines affect our schools and harm our property taxpayers,” said Naeve. “As your senator, I will only vote for responsible and fiscally sustainable budgets that reflects your priorities, keeps our taxes low and encourages job creation.”
Naeve is engaged to Kristin Conway. In addition to his work on his family farm, the East Central School Community School Board and East Central High School boys basketball coach, Naeve is a member of the Faith Lutheran Church in Andover.
“I want to be a champion for agriculture and be part of the solution that brings and keeps younger Iowans here to find a good job and raise their family. My focus will be on fiscal responsibility, job creation and working to protect the property taxpayer,” said Naeve. “I look forward to working hard to bring my optimistic message and grassroots campaign to every voter in the district as we all work together to bring about a new direction for Iowa and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren and the generations of Iowans yet to come.”