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Boone City Councilman Ray enters 2018 Governor’s race


Boone City Council member to challenge governor in primary


Republican Candidate Enters Race for Governor


Boone city councilman challenging Governor Reynolds in GOP Primary

Monday, December 11, 2017 5:04 PM

Ray campaign response to DSM Register Iowa Poll

My campaign agrees wholeheartedly with the statement issued below by Brent Roske, independent candidate for governor of Iowa, just last night.

If the DSM Register Iowa Poll has any true meaning it would lay in the fact that there is an increasing movement by Iowa's electorate that desire a new brand of leadership and, with 13 declared candidates, including the governor, and just under 6 months of campaigning before the June 5 primary, voters have choices among several parties to choose a new leader and depart from decades of the same governing philosophy, something I've been hearing from many across the state, including Republicans, which they'd like to see.

I am trying to be positive and promote the real issues that need addressed in Iowa that have been handled recklessly, in some instances, and ignored most of the time. From mental health and Medicaid issues to supporting our public employees and being pro-law enforcement, to ensuring Iowa's government decisions are made in the best interest of Iowans and NOT to special interests, the establishment and its big political machine dominated by big dollars.

Many voters, including many independent voters, could go to the polls June 5 and declare to vote on any party ballot to make a difference for whatever positive change they are seeking. Iowa Republican leaders should take heed that underlying movements may pose a serious threat to the GOP's hold on the governor's office. In fact, even if voters still choose Governor Reynolds as the Republican nominee, I believe strongly she could be quite vulnerable to one of the current Democratic nominees in the general election next November considering the mood and the fluid potential of voters desiring a need to change leadership

I am the only non-establishment GOP candidate for governor, one who will work for Iowans and will not have special interests guiding my policies. If Republicans want a chance at positive, effective leadership and maintaining control of the governor's seat, they should take the remaining months looking at the one candidate that has the experience in government on the front lines, understands what real Iowans want and, most importantly, possesses the personality and record of working well with all types of people and ideologies to come to a consensus of good, commonsense government for our state and the people who desire such.

This election is not over, nor decided yet, as a result of any poll. If you want true leadership, voters have choices. I hope you look seriously at the other options available and I hope I can count on you to support what I can offer to serve you as the next governor of Iowa. I will have all new state executive branch leaders with those best and brightest people working hard with me to bring the very best to ALL Iowans and instill confidence in a stronger future for our beloved state.


"Statement on the Des Moines Register's new Iowa Poll on the governor's race earlier tonight:

'The Des Moines Register released their Iowa Poll tonight on the Iowa Governor's race but it was embarrassingly incomplete, forgetting 6 of the declared candidates that were invited and attended the candidate event on mental health the same publication sponsored earlier this week. Every candidate's awareness numbers in tonight's published poll were low, which is surprising with all the money and time that's been spent. I'll be commissioning a new poll to include all 12 candidates. This new poll will show that all the candidates have virtually the same level of awareness to the Iowa voter and that this race is wide open. It's also about fairness. All 12 have filled out the forms, put our names on the line and shown up as candidates. The results will speak for themselves - good and bad - but it's not up to one publication to put forth some names and not all (mistake or not), deciding how democracy is shown to the voters. A team who shows up to the game at least gets their name on the scoreboard and intentional omissions like tonight's will erode the legitimacy of the Iowa Poll.'

Brent Roske
Candidate for Governor of Iowa
Paid for by Roske For Iowa


Monday, December 11, 2017 6:00 AM

Pella Chronicle: Meet Steven Ray: GOP Gubernatorial candidate

Monday, December 11, 2017 6:00 AM

Republican Gubernatorial candidate visits Pella

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 11:04 PM

Iowa governor candidates lay out plans for mental health

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:00 PM

IN DEPTH: Republican Governor Candidate Steven Ray -- KNIA/KRLS News-Dr. Bob Leonard

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:55 AM

Republican Challenger for Governor in June Primary Stops in Pella Monday

Monday, November 27, 2017 11:30 PM

GOP governor candidate Steven Ray visits Osky

Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:00 AM

Gubernatorial candidates from both parties pan privately managed Medicaid in Iowa

Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:00 AM

Race for governor speeds up; campaigns in full swing - KCCI TV 8

Sunday, October 8, 2017 12:00 AM


Saturday, October 7, 2017 12:00 AM

Republican candidate for governor says he has a fresh perspective - KTVO News

Friday, September 29, 2017 12:00 AM

Ray seeks to be Iowa’s next governor - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier

Thursday, September 28, 2017 12:00 AM

Republican Ray seeks to be next Iowa governor Boone Republican joins 2018 field - The Gazette

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 12:00 AM

Kim Reynolds’ Bad Week Continues: New Primary Challenger Jumps in the Race

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:00 AM

Republican Steven Ray announces run for Iowa governor - Des Moines Register

Saturday, September 23, 2017 11:54 AM

Ray for Governor Press Release 09/23/2017

P R E S S  R E L E A S E 

September 23, 2017
12:00 PM CDT

The campaign for Steven P. Ray, GOP primary candidate for governor, releases the following statement:

“Steven Ray remains committed to fighting for every Iowan in seeking his nomination for governor. In speaking to Iowans across this state, it has become even more apparent to him that the people are not happy with the current leadership in either party in our state’s capitol. People are tired of the smelly old marsh that is the state’s capitol, much like they are tired of the garbage that comes out of the swamp that is Washington, D.C. Our state capitol is rife with personal political agendas, glad-handling and efforts by both parties to maintain political leverage at all costs, even at the expense of Iowa’s hard-working citizens. The Ray for Governor campaign hears the concerns from Republicans, Democrats and independent voters across the spectrum and believes both the current administration and Republican leadership, as well as the challenging Democratic candidates for governor, are all working off false assumptions in their hopes of winning the general election in 2018.

This state primary election on June 5, 2018, is vitally important to the future direction of Iowa. As governor, Mr. Ray would not be complacent in the need to prioritize the state’s budget to ensure taxpayers are getting the services they are paying for and expect. He would not plug the holes of budgetary shortfalls with reserves without tackling the real problems that are contributing to the lack of revenue in meeting budgetary expectations. As governor, Ray would not spend, or offer, millions of dollars in tax incentives when we don’t have enough money to support education, keep state law enforcement and public safety agencies at all government levels strong and able to be there to help Iowans and ensure our state human services have enough personnel to make absolutely certain children in need are being taken care of and are in safe and trusting care of others, whether by family or total strangers, when placed in emergency care. It takes an excellent government workforce to ensure these services are met and Mr. Ray knows that public employees are capable and willing to work hard if they have the resources to do it and he supports them 100%. He’s worked with them and knows they are committed to Iowans. These are not issues only held by Democrats or Republicans, they are common-sense issues and require a true leader to get them done, a leader who truly can be elected by a clear majority of Iowans regardless of their political party affiliation. Ray is the only candidate who can achieve this type of support in the general election of November 2018.

The media seems as if they wish to forget there is a primary and there is a lot of attention on specific candidates in this race. Mr. Ray has found out in his short time campaigning and speaking to real Iowans that the average voter is not concerned about who candidates are but what they can do for them and the future of Iowa. Current state elected officials, from senators to former Iowa government officials running for governor, including the current governor, are often seen as the problem, no matter what party they are aligned. Iowans want a leader independent enough to use common-sense and look across the entire political spectrum for the right approach to real problems facing Iowans. As governor, Ray will fix these problems in state government beholden to no one except for one agenda: doing what is right for ALL Iowans and putting them first.

Ray will reevaluate government efficiency from top-to-bottom, reduce waste, align management statewide to be more efficient and not top-heavy; ramp-up areas in government that need priority services such as public safety, human services, education and fixing our ailing infrastructure. He will do this without raising taxes but reprioritizing budgetary allocations. He will start with fresh new executive branch directors and agency heads and will hire the best and brightest staff in the governor’s office to get the job done right.

A true leader must work every day for the best interests of their constituents and not just for those they believe voted them into office. Every Iowan deserves a voice and a Governor Ray will work every day to ensure that is preserved. Iowans are tired of politicians running Iowa government in both political parties. As governor, Ray will put that aside while working to build consensus among both parties in a bipartisan fashion to achieve the goal of making the lives of Iowans greater than ever before. Ray believes strongly there is no current office holder, or candidate for governor, that has the experience, vision and verifiable leadership to build a better future for our state than he possesses. Steven Ray has nearly three decades of stellar public service to guide him as the “governor of the people.”


Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:00 PM

Ray kicks off campaign with rally

Thursday, September 7, 2017 1:04 AM

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I continue to hear great feedback from people around the state as I promote my candidacy. I appreciate hearing from many Republicans who want to see a change in leadership and I enjoy listening to independents, and even some Democrats, who like to hear from a candidate who follows their gut-instinct and wants to apply a common-sense approach to governing.

There are many, many Iowa voters who identify with a party but just want elected officials to do what is right and work for the people. That is the whole basis for my run for governor is to work for the people and not necessarily apply party principles to how I govern. I know how to be a leader and work with others to build consensus. I have nearly three decades of public experience working with all types of people and my record of success in finding compromise on a myriad of issues speaks for itself. I will apply that record as governor.

If you believe in prioritizing the state budget to reduce waste while supporting and maintaining essential services for our taxpayers while not raising taxes; ensuring Iowa is a law and order state and Iowa law enforcement, from our municipal police, county sheriffs and deputies to state Troopers and criminal investigative agents who will know their governor stands side-by-side with them each day they work for Iowans with their governor's full support in providing them the resources they need; that other public safety personnel from our emergency dispatchers to fire personnel and EMS services can count on a governor to support their needs to serve Iowans; that veterans and current military members in Iowa should have a governor who works hard for them; that teachers will know their governor supports educating our children to be the best in the nation and they have what they need to achieve that goal in the classroom; that a governor should support adequately-staffed human services personnel that are charged with ensuring the protection of children in need are living in a loving and supporting environment each night they go to bed; that a governor should work with the legislature to have an effective mental health network statewide to provide support for those in need rather than families, or law enforcement, having nowhere to turn for help; that a governor works to create an atmosphere in our state where we are tolerant of each other, supportive of each other and respectful of one another to live our law-abiding lives free and unfettered by government intrusion; and if you believe a leader, especially a governor, should understand they represent the interests of ALL Iowans, not just those who voted for them, then I can assure you this will be what you have in a Governor Ray.

It will take everyone who would like to see me win this race to share my views with friends and family, do what you can to change hearts and minds, tell your independent-thinking and even Democratic friends and family to visit my website to read more about me. If they like my views, consider supporting me.

We can prove that my candidacy can raise money and that a leader does not need to win only because big corporate money buys them. I want to be for real Iowans, hard-working Iowans from all backgrounds who want a down-to-earth, common-sense, what-you-see-is-what-you-get candidate to become their governor. I only want to be known as the "people's governor."

I believe I am the only candidate that can accomplish these great things and work with anyone, on both sides of the aisle, to meet the needs of Iowans and put the people first. I am confident that if I win this GOP primary in June I will be the one to go on to win the general election in November 2018. We will put Iowa on the map doing wonderful things, bringing people together, and showing our nation that Iowa can set the example for what living in the greatest nation on earth should all be about.

With your help and support a Governor Ray can become a reality. You can visit our website anytime and lend your support in whatever way you can.

Together we can make anything possible! This does not have to be just an election, but a movement for ALL Iowans to have even a better state to call home. With your help and support I know I can be an effective chief executive of Iowa who can deliver.


Sunday, September 3, 2017 12:00 PM

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