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Name: Chris Brase

Office running for: State Senate, District 46

Current Position: State Senator for District 46

What are the biggest issues you feel should be addressed? 

There are two significant issues I think the Senate needs to address immediately in January: education and Medicaid.

Education is how we prepare our kids for the future. And right now, we aren’t doing enough to ensure that that future is a bright one. Republicans in the legislature and Governor Branstad have forced us to underfund our schools year after year. Now we are facing increasing class sizes, outdated textbooks, crumbling infrastructure, and even potentially schools closures. That’s not how we ensure our kids’ futures.

With Medicaid, we are facing a botched privatization that is actively hurting Iowa families. Governor Branstad’s rush to change a system that was mostly working, without legislative approval, has led to a mess where patients aren’t getting the care they need and medical providers aren’t getting reimbursed for their work. We need to ensure that we have a health care system that works for every Iowan.

What steps would you take to correct/ impact these issues? 

On Education, first and foremost I will continue to fight for the 4% funding increase schools have asked for, and Democrats have fought for, in years past. That will put us on the path to providing our local schools with the resources they need to teach our kids.

Secondly, we need to deal with the school funding issue at the beginning of session, not the end. It’s not fair to administrators, teachers, parents, or students to keep their funding levels in the dark.

For Medicaid, we have to come together and find the best way out of this mess. I will be fighting for increased oversight first and foremost, so that while we are utilizing the Governor’s private system, folks who need it are getting covered and medical providers are being reimbursed.

I will also look into options for improving the current system, or reverting back to a version of our old system that involves more managed care and fraud prevention. In the end, again, we can’t rest until every Iowan on Medicaid is able to get the care they need.

What would you like voters to know about you? 

I’ve been a firefighter and EMT in Muscatine for 26 years. It’s that experience that inspired me to run for office. I’ve always been called to serve, and I wanted to take that passion somewhere I could help even more people, so that’s why I do what I do. I will always remember that Iowa’s most valuable resource, is its people.