Name: Nathan Reichert
Office running for Muscatine County Supervisor
Current Position: None
What are the biggest issues you feel should be addressed?
There are several issues that need to be addressed in Muscatine County. Economic development and creating good jobs is always a priority. Muscatine County needs to create a County-wide development strategy that includes the creation of a certified development site. We must work hard to improve and maintain our roads, bridges, and public infrastructure.
Muscatine County should invest in middle-class jobs. If taxpayer dollars are to be invested in a project, we must ensure that the jobs created are middle-class jobs. We should encourage developers to hire local workers to build their infrastructure. Finally, it has been ten years since the minimum wage has been raised. If Washington DC and Des Moines continue to ignore American workers , Muscatine County should raise the minimum wage.
Iowa’s mental health system is not working well to lift up those in need. Muscatine County needs to be nimble and creative in offering quality, accessible mental health services to those in need. Part of our solutions for mental health includes the development of mental health and Veterans courts. These special courts aim to work with those who are ill and divert them from jail while getting people access to the healthcare they deserve. Veterans Courts are designed to help our Vets who are challenged with PTSD or other post-service related issues. Muscatine should pioneer an effort to lift up and support our Vets with a court that considers the special circumstances of military service.
Public safety is a primary concern for the County Supervisors. We must work to improve the relationship between law enforcement and our community. Requiring and providing body cameras for our Sheriff’s patrol will help improve professionalism and community relationships. Body cameras help protect both the Deputies as well as the community. We need to work with those who have substance addictions to insure that we can help them find sobriety and return to our community. Drug courts can help improve outcomes, by imprisoning those who choose not to follow the rules or helping those who choose to overcome addictions.
Finally, Muscatine County should finish the Deep Lakes Park development plan. Including trail connections, finishing the beach area improvements and building campsites. We need to continue to connect our parks and communities with trails. All the while we must continue to offer excellent educational programs for all ages who what to learn about and enjoy the great outdoors.
What steps would you take to correct/ impact these issues?
Leadership starts with clear articulated goals that drive our community’s vision. Muscatine County needs to be inclusive and engage our entire community. All the while we must be focused on managing a balanced budget that reflects our priorities. As your Supervisor, I will seek to work with a broad coalition of partners to strengthen our community. Working together we call all help make Muscatine County a better place to call home.
What would you like voters to know about you?
I am a life-long resident of Muscatine, except my college years in Iowa City and Colorado. My wife Rebecca and I have 4 children; Simon, Spencer, Ella and Emmett. I currently work for the Indiana-Illinois-Iowa Foundation for Fair Contracting as a construction analyst in eastern Iowa. This is my 9th year teaching College Macroeconomics with the Iowa Online Community College Consortium. The family farm where I live and manage has been in the family since the 1870’s. I have earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa and a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of N. Colorado. Our family attends Wesley United Methodist Church. I am proud to have represented the good people of Muscatine in the Iowa House of Representatives from 2005-2011.