ANKENY, Iowa – The NFIB Iowa PAC and Iowa Association of Business and Industry’s PAC (IIPAC) both announced on Wednesday their endorsement of Michael Bousselot in the upcoming special election in Iowa House District 37 on September 14.
Bousselot is the former Director of the Iowa Department of Management. He previously served as Chief of Staff to Governor Terry Branstad and Governor Kim Reynolds. He is also a licensed attorney and Certified Public Accountant.
NFIB’s political support is based on the candidates’ positions and records on key small-business issues.
“The NFIB Iowa PAC is proud to endorse Michael Bousselot, who understands what small business owners are going through during this turbulent time,” said Matt Everson, NFIB State Director in Iowa. “We need legislators in the Iowa House who understand that small business is the key to growing any economy. “That means continuing to cut Iowa’s income tax rates, getting control of and lowering Iowa’s high property taxes and helping Iowa’s workforce shortfall with policies that will get people back to work and ready for the jobs Iowa needs. Mike Bousselot is someone who understands the challenges small business faces and will fight to make sure they are heard.”
IIPAC evaluates candidates on their support for a competitive business climate and their focus on a regulatory climate conducive for job creation. Criteria included positions on issues based on interviews, stated approach to general business community concerns, and input from ABI members and IIPAC contributors.
“Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors. He supports lower taxes, less regulation and an environment where Iowa businesses and their employees can thrive. This makes him an ideal candidate for the Iowa Legislature and why IIPAC fully supports his candidacy,” said ABI Vice President of Public Policy JD Davis.
Bousselot said he is grateful for Iowa small business owner’s endorsement, adding that “I am honored that Iowa’s hard-working entrepreneurs have thrown their support behind me. If elected, I promise to always fight for the people who create opportunity and jobs here in Iowa. They are the backbone of our state’s economy, and we need policies that will allow them to not just get by, but to grow and thrive right here in Iowa.”
The special election is being held after the death of State Rep. John Landon, R-Ankeny, last month. Bousselot is running against Democratic nominee Andrea Phillips.