October 27, 2004: Headlines: COS - Ghana: Politics: Election2004 - Johnson: Conservation: DesMoinesRegister: Des Moines Register endorses Paul Johnson

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Des Moines Register endorses Paul Johnson

Des Moines Register endorses Paul Johnson

Des Moines Register endorses Paul Johnson

4th District: Johnson

He has the right experience, temperament and vision.


October 27, 2004

Paul Johnson can sum himself up with three titles: farmer, public servant and conservationist. It would be hard to find more fitting characteristics for a representative of Iowa. This owner of Oneota Slopes Farm near Decorah is one of the most thoughtful and far-sighted public figures in Iowa. He should be given the opportunity to represent the 4th Congressional District.

His experience will serve him well. He has worked as director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the chief of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, an Iowa lawmaker and a Peace Corps teacher in Ghana, West Africa. Along with his extensive ties to Iowa, he brings an emphasis on global issues to this election.

During an interview with Register writers and editors recently, the Democrat said Iowans don't talk much about foreign policy, but it's time to be a part of the international community again. He also said the No. 1 issue he's heard about from Iowans is health care, and he wants to work to develop a single-payer system to provide basic medical services to all Americans. He's passionate about education and working-class families and encouraging young people to consider national service through the Peace Corps or the armed forces.

Johnson could serve his district with a fresh vision, something that's long overdue in this area of the state.

Tom Latham, a Republican from Alexander, has served in the U.S. House since 1994. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, he's in a position to secure federal assistance for Iowa projects. In a recent interview with the Register, he stressed his role in bringing home money for the animal disease complex in Ames. He rightly deserves credit for that.

Yet he is one of the least visible members of the Iowa delegation, and his list of accomplishments should be longer for a representative who has been in Washington for 10 years.

Latham and Johnson present a true choice for the people of the 4th District.

Latham has a poor record on environmental issues. Johnson has an outstanding record of environmental service. He sees the intimate link between conservation and agriculture and has a vision of farm programs that would reward good stewardship.

Latham could not cite one instance when he broke with his political party on a vote. Johnson has the experience and temperament to work across the aisle while working for Iowa.

That would be an especially important contribution during a time of such intense political division in this country.

When this story was posted in October 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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